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5 more daycare workers charged in leaving child in van
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AUSTELL, Ga. -- Cobb County police served additional arrests after a 2-year-old girl was left in a hot van.

Last week, police arrested the owner of Bright Achievers Pre-K, Melinda Hamilton.

She is accused of trying to cover up the incident where Zaryaha Russell was left in extreme heat in the back of a daycare vehicle.

Now police have charged five other workers including the day care's director, an assistant, a teacher and the van driver.

Those arrested include:

49-year-old Robin Horton of Powder Springs (Director of the Bright Achievers Pre-K Center) for false statements and reckless conduct

24-year-old Dulce Lopez of Douglasville, Georgia (Assistant at the Bright Achievers Pre-K Center) for false statements and reckless conduct

30-year-old Jean Jeanty, of Marietta (Driver for the Bright Achievers Pre-K Center) for reckless conduct

44-year-old Brenda Neal of Douglasville (Teacher at the Bright Achievers Pre-K Center) for false statements

47-year-old Clement Udotong of Austell (Computer technician and owner of Clementronics) for obstruction

Hamilton was ordered to close the daycare last week.

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She is set to go before a judge on Sunday and hopes to keep her facility open.

The warrant said Hamilton did not call 911 or seek medical treatment for Zaryaha, and told the girl's mother the child was only in the van for 15 minutes.

Zaryaha's mother Quantina Russell took her daughter to the hospital the next day after another daycare employee reported she was acting sluggish and was unusually thirsty.


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