One child dead, one hospitalized after being left in hot daycare car in Portales, New Mexico

PORTALES, New Mexico ( - A one-year-old is dead and another child is fighting for her life, after being left in a hot car in Portales, NM.

The Roosevelt County District Attorney tells us each of the children had body temperatures higher than 109 degrees when they were discovered.

Two daycare workers in Portales have been arrested and are being held without bond.

Sandi Taylor, 31, and Mary Taylor, 67, are charged with child abuse resulting in great bodily harm and child abuse resulting in death.

It happened yesterday at the Taylor Tots Daycare in Portales at around 3:30 p.m.
Investigators estimate the two young toddlers were left in the vehicle for more than an hour as the temperature outside topped 90 degrees

Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, could not confirm the updated condition of the survivor, but she says the girl is still alive.

Police say when officers arrived at the in-home daycare, the girls were not breathing.

Both were transported here to Roosevelt General Hospital regarding a heat emergency.

We are told the surviving child was later transferred to a Lubbock area hospital.

The deceased child died at Roosevelt General Hospital.

Officials say the children were left unattended inside of the vehicle for an approximate time of 1.5 hours.

"The weather was 91 degrees and their body temps were about 109 degrees after they were brought to the hospital," said D.A. Reeb. "They were passed out with their heads back and had vomited on themselves. "

The parents of all children who attend the Taylor Tots daycare have been notified.

District attorney Reeb says the Taylor Tots Daycare has been closed.

A GoFundMe has been set up for one of the children's funeral expenses. That link can be found by clicking here.


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