UPDATE: New charges in Richmond daycare death investigation

By Rachel DePompa - bio | email
Posted by Phil Riggan - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Two major developments this afternoon in the case against a Richmond day care where a child died after being left in a parked van.

The man accused of leaving the child in that van was indicted this morning for involuntary manslaughter.

Also, the owner of the Yellow Brick Road day care in Highland Park is now facing charges. A grand jury met this morning and upgraded the charge against Keishawn Whitfield from child neglect to involuntary manslaughter.

And now his mother, Valerot Whitlow is accused of felony child neglect.

The news comes just three days after the state announced it would try and revoke the day care's license.

According to the state's investigation, Keishawn Whitfield picked up 13-month-old Andrew Johnson on July 6 at 8:10 in the morning, but never took him off the van and into the day care center.

Whitfield drove home and eventually found Johnson dead in the van around 4:30 that afternoon.

Whitfield's mother, Valerot Whitlow is also the day care's owner.

She is now accused of felony child neglect which is punishable by up to five years in prison.

Her son is charge with a class five felony which carries up to 10 years in prison.

The day care is open today. Valerot Whitlow just found out about the charge against her and immediately called her attorney.

We will have the very latest on this case tonight at 5 and 6.

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