Two women are on trial this week in New Mexico on allegations that they left two kids inside of a vehicle during a hot summer day in 2017.
Maliyah Jones, who was just two months shy of her second birthday, was found dead on the July day. Another child, 2-year-old Aubrianna Loya, was critically injured during the two hours the children were in the car, according to investigators.
According to KFDA, Mary Taylor and Sandi Taylor were in court this week as the trial began.
The mother and daughter operated a daycare center called Taylor Tots and allegedly left the children inside of a vehicle following a field trip, as reported by the Albuquerque Journal.
Among those called to testify on Wednesday were the mothers of both children in the vehicle.
Three officers from the Portales Police Department also took the witness stand to recount their response to the incident. Footage taken from each of cops’ body-mounted cameras was also presented during the first day of trial.
Prosecuting attorneys also played the 911 report from the day of the deadly incident.
The trial continued Thursday with testimony from a client that had used the defendants’ daycare services in the past.
A doctor who treated the surviving child also answered questions, as did social workers with the state’s department of Children, Youth and Families.
Both defendants are facing criminal counts of child abuse resulting in death and child abuse resulting in great bodily harm. If convicted, they could spend 18 years behind bars. The trial is expected to conclude next week.
[Featured image: Maliyah Jones, GoFundMe]