Former daycare employees charged in boy’s death appear in court

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WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. — The four women charged in the death of 5-year-old Christopher Gardner Jr. after he was left on a daycare van appeared in court for a bond hearing Monday. The judge confirmed $20,000 bonds for Kendra Washington, Pamela Lavette Robinson, Felicia Ann Phillips and Wanda Taylor. All four have been charged with manslaughter after police say they failed to perform routine checks that would have prevented the 5-year-old’s death. One even signed Christopher in despite never having physically seen the boy inside the building. Temperatures inside the van that day were up to 140 degrees. The daycare said they fired all four employees shortly after the tragic incident. Each of the accused are scheduled to be back in court on July 31.

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