In July 2017, the Taylors left Maliyah Jones and Aubrey Loya in the back of a daycare van for hours during a summer heat wave. Loya suffered brain damage and Jones died of heat stroke. Both children were under the age of 2 at the time.
Mari and Sandy Taylor spoke to the court before their sentence was handed down. The Taylors and heir defense team always maintained the incident was a terrible mistake, asking for probation to a 12-year prison sentence. The defense team submitted 87 letters from family and friends on the Taylors’ behalf.
While the judge took the letters into account, the Taylors ultimately received the 36-year maximum.
The following facts and statistics were provided by Kidsandcars.org and Noheatstroke.org:
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