The owner of a Sunrise day care and her daughter were arrested in New York early Friday morning for their involvement in the death of a 4-year-old boy who was left locked in a sweltering SUV last month, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.
Cecily Roberts, 43, who owns 3C’s Day Academy, and Camille Gordon, 20, were arrested by New York Police just before 7 a.m., the BSO said.
Since then they moved to New York where they were operating another home day care, the L.R. Academy. It advertised itself as providing 24-hour care for children between 6 months and 12 years of age, according to the BSO.
Jordan Coleman, 4, died after he was left locked in the SUV for two and a half hours at the Versailles apartment complex in Tamarac on Aug. 1, the BSO said. He died in the care of Gordon and Ward, according to the BSO.
On Thursday Ward, 19, of Miramar, appeared in Broward bond court on a charge of aggravated manslaughter of a child in his death. She was released on $10,000 bond.
Roberts and Gordon also face one count each of aggravated manslaughter, while Roberts faces an additional charge of felony child care misrepresentation, the BSO said.
Roberts and Gordon were living on East 23rd Street in Brooklyn, according to the BSO.
The 3C's Day Academy, at 2125 NW 72nd Terrace in Sunrise, has been closed since Coleman's death.
During Thursday's court hearing for Ward, her attorney Derek Lewis argued for her release without bond, saying that she has no criminal record and is not a danger to the public.
He said that Ward was never officially an employee of 3C's.
A judge ordered Ward to wear an ankle monitor and not to leave the tri-county area, and said she won't be permitted to work in day care, babysit or take care of any children upon her release.
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