Girl, 2, dies in daycare van

By Alexis Stevens
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A 2-year-old girl died Monday after being left in a van outside a Clayton County daycare center, police said.

The toddler, whose name was not released, was left in the van for at least two hours after a field trip Monday to Chuck E. Cheese, Lt. Tina Daniel with Clayton County police said. The child was transported to Southern Regional Medical Center, but did not survive, Daniel said.

Temperatures reached the middle 90s Monday.

The daycare center is located in the 1600 block of Thrasher Court near Jonesboro, Officer John Schneller with Clayton County police said.

That address is the location of Marlo's Magnificent Early Learning Center, according to Bright from the Start, the state agency which monitors childcare centers. The website lists Marlo Fallings as the center's administrator.

The same center was cited during a March visit by the state for not documenting a field trip form indicating which children were transported, according to the report. State law requires that a check be done after the completion of a trip.

A woman who answered the phone at the center around 5 p.m. hung up on a reporter who inquired about the incident.

Monday's death was the second in the metro area in less than a month due to children being left inside vehicles. On May 25, a five-month-old baby died after being left in a car outside of a Kennesaw daycare center.