ALPHARETTA, Ga. — A jury has found an Alpharetta woman not guilty in the death of a 3-year-old boy at her home daycare in 2014.
Local news media report that a Fulton County jury acquitted former daycare owner Janna Thompson on Friday. Thompson faced second-degree murder and child cruelty charges in Max Stephens’ death.
Stephens’ neck got caught and suffocated in twine hanging on a slide in Thompson’s backyard. The boy suffocated when it choked him as he went down the slide.
Prosecutors say Thompson, who had left Stephens and two other children unattended for nearly 20 minutes while she was inside, found the boy unresponsive. He later died at a hospital.
The twine came from a bale of pine straw used on the playground.