Toddler dies in daycare van: Second arrest made

LAKE WORTH, FL (WFLX) - The former director of a now shutdown daycare center where a toddler died heads to court Wednesday to face charges.

Two-year-old Haleigh Brockington died after being left in a hot van for hours. The driver of that van is already facing charges. Now, so does another daycare worker.

Forty-five-year-old Petra Rodriguez Perez spent the night in jail after being taken into custody late Tuesday night.

Perez is now charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child. Perez was the director at Katie's Kids Day Care Center this past August when Haleigh died in a daycare van after being left behind.

The driver of the van, Amanda Inman, is already under arrest. Inman accidentally left the girl in the back of the van, yet she still checked off her name in a log.

Inman says she turned over those logs to the daycare director. Rodriguez allegedly signed off on those falsified documents.

Little Haleigh Brockington's family attorney says this latest arrest is perhaps a sign of more to come. "Her arrest and charge certainly confirm that the problem goes much deeper than the driver. This is a systemic problem. The institution was not doing anything to protect these children," said Andrew Yaffa, the family's attorney.

We stopped by Petra Rodriguez's home near Lake Worth after her arrest; however, no relatives came to the door.

That Katie's Kids location in Delray has since shut down. The owner, Kathryn Muhammad, has never been charged and she did not return our phone calls for comment.

Meanwhile, Perez will appear before a judge Wednesday morning.

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