LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Police, ambulances and a helicopter surrounded Gutermuth Elementary School in April when 2-year-old Lavontae Swain was found dead in a hot car in the parking lot.
Investigators later revealed Lavontae had been left in the scorching SUV for hours. But authorities did not reveal where the driver of the SUV said she was during that time, until now.
In documents obtained only by WAVE 3 News from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, it states the driver of the SUV told Louisville Metro Police Department homicide detectives she picked up Lavontae around 10 a.m. from his home and drove to the Lil Kings and Queens daycare. That's when she said she saw a scuffle at the door between two parents and decided to leave, forgetting about the child in the backseat.
The driver said she then went home and stayed there until 3 p.m. until it was time to pick up other children getting out of school at Gutermuth.
It's not until another child got in the SUV and asked if Lavontae was asleep that the driver, identified by LMPD as Jacquelin Thomas, realized he was still inside.
She told detectives she rubbed ice chips from a cup on him to try to wake him up, but it was too late.
Thomas' attorney is now defending her against a charge of second degree manslaughter.
Lil Kings and Queens is now closed after the state took its license away. WAVE 3 News previously reported the daycare was cited numerous time for not keeping a log of when children were picked up and dropped off.
WAVE 3 News reached out to Jacquelin Thomas on Monday, but were turned away.
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Thomas is scheduled to appear back in court on Friday.
The child's mother has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the daycare.