PORTALES – Maliyah Jones was only 22 months old, but she’d already developed an irresistible personality.
“She was the sweetest, happiest, brightest little girl,” said Janet Bradley, the toddler’s cousin.
“She was very talkative for her age, very smart, she remembered you, just so sweet.”
Maliyah died Tuesday and another young child was in critical condition Wednesday after both were left in a hot vehicle outside an in-home day care center for about 90 minutes Tuesday afternoon.
The day care’s owner, Mary E. Taylor, 62, and her daughter, Sandi Taylor, 31, are charged with child abuse resulting in great bodily harm and child abuse resulting in death, police officials said. Both were being held at the Roosevelt County Detention Center on Wednesday awaiting a bond hearing scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today.