Brian Hamacher

Former Sunrise Day Care Owner Gets 5 Years in Prison in Boy's Death

The former owner of a Sunrise day care was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday in the death of a 4-year-old boy who was left in a hot SUV in 2012.

Cecily Roberts entered a plea deal in the case and will be credited for 331 days of time she's already served in the death of Jordan Coleman.

Two other defendants, Camille Gordon and Paris Ward, were sentenced to 15 years of probation.

Emotions were running high in the courtroom as the sentences were handed down.

"That's not justice for a 4-year-old passing away," said Coleman's mother, Fantasia Goldson. "You'll still have time to live your life and have kids, see grandkids. I'm not going to get none of that."

"You don't know what it's like to come home and not hear his voice," said Coleman's aunt, Martina Sturridge. "I raised him, taught him how to ride a bike, I can never see that again."

Roberts was facing charges of aggravated manslaughter and felony child care misrepresentation for Coleman’s death in August 2012. Police said Coleman died after he was left in a hot SUV at a Tamarac apartment complex for approximately two hours.

Roberts was the owner of 3 C’s Day Academy in Sunrise, which has since closed. Authorities said Coleman had been in the care of Gordon and Ward, who worked at the center.

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