Broward County

Woman charged in toddler's death to appear in court

The former driver of a day care van in which a 2-year-old Delray Beach girl died in the sweltering August sun after being forgotten inside will be in court Tuesday afternoon.

Amanda Inman, 32, of Boynton Beach, is expected to appear in court at 3:30 p.m. today where a judge will hear a motion to dismiss the manslaughter charge against her.

Since her arrest following the death of Haile Brockington, Inman has argued that she is also a victim because she never received training from the center's former director, Petra Rodriguez, about procedures for transporting children in the van.

In addition, Inman says she was distracted the day Haile died, because she was transporting a group of kids if various ages and did not get help from co-workers in unloading the children at the former Katie's Kids Learning Center.

Both Rodriguez and Inman have pleaded not guilty to aggravated manslaughter of a child charges after Haile was left inside the van for at least six hours.

Both women went before Judge Jeffrey Colbath on Feb. 25 for a case status check. A calendar call hearing was rescheduled for May 31.

After that hearing, Inman's lawyer, Andrew DeGraffenreidt, said he'd speak to reporters "in three weeks" as he laughed his way out of court.

Investigations by the state Department of Children and Families and the Palm Beach County Health Department concluded that both Inman and Rodriguez signed off that Haile exited the van, but that the toddler never did. State rules require that two employees visually inspect any vehicle when children enter or exit, as well as maintain a log of all passengers.

Staff writer Ana M. Valdes contributed to this report.

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