Mother files wrongful death suit in toddler case

The mother of a toddler, who died June 20 after being left in a daycare van, filed a wrongful death suit, a week later, against the center owner and her daughter.

April McAlister filed suit June 27 in Clayton County State Court, against Marlo's Magnificent Early Learning Center Owner Marlo Fallings and Fallings' daughter, Quantabia Hopkins.

The suit, which seeks unspecified damages, alleges that Jazmin Green, 2, died as a direct result of the women's "negligence and carelessness."

McAlister demands a jury trial. She wants a jury to determine the value of her daughter's life, both in economical and tangible measures, and to compensate her for the loss.

McAlister also wants compensation for the mental suffering her daughter endured while strapped in a car seat inside the "sweltering van" as outside temperatures soared into the 90s.

In addition, she is seeking funeral-and-burial expenses, and punitive damages.

Green was with seven other children on a field trip to Chuck E. Cheese, in Fayetteville, on June 20.

Hopkins was driving the van, and did not remove Green from her car seat when the group returned to the day care center, according to police.

Hopkins later discovered the child unconscious and removed her to attempt CPR, but waited nearly an hour before calling 911, court records allege.

Fallings and Hopkins allegedly admitted to police that they fabricated the state-mandated checklist showing all children were taken off the van.

In addition to the civil action, the two also face criminal charges, and are out on bond awaiting presentment of their case to a grand jury.