Judge allows women suspected of leaving toddlers in hot car to leave NM

Caleb James
October 20, 2017 07:38 AM

PORTALES, N.M. – A Portales mom and daughter are accused of letting a 2-year-old die in a hot car, while leaving another child critically injured.


Now, 9th District Court Judge Donna Mowerer is allowing the former daycare owners who were entrusted to look after those toddlers – Mary and Sandy Taylor – to leave the state for Christmas vacation, even as they await charges in the case. Meanwhile, the family grieving the tragic loss of 22-month-old Maliyah Jones says they will spend the holiday graveside.

“We never even thought it would get to the judge, for the judge to give them permission to go,” said Anita Rivera, Maliyah’s cousin.

Rivera says the judge’s order also consents to a Thanksgiving trip for the Taylors, this one also outside New Mexico.

“They want to be in another state so they can shop like normal people do for the holidays, where nobody knows their faces,” River said.

Rivera said she wants Mowerer to know what her family will be doing for the holidays – going to the cemetery where Maliyah is buried.

“We’ll probably just be out there praying,” she said. “Being with family, trying to be there for her mom and her grandma. That’s all we can do.”


Caleb James

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