PORTALES, N.M. (KRQE) – The New Mexico Supreme Court heard arguments May 6, in the case of the Portales daycare owners, convicted of reckless child abuse, for leaving two children in a hot car. The pair are trying to have their 2019 conviction overturned. Mary and Sandi Taylor were sentenced to 30-years in prison for leaving 22-month-old Maliyah Jones and 2-year-old Aubrianna Loya in a hot car for three hours in July 2017. Jones died and Loya suffered permanent brain damage.

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Before the NM Supreme Court, a lawyer for Mary and Sandi Taylor insisted what happened was an accident. Last year, the Taylors tried to get their guilty verdicts overturned. They say there was not enough evidence to prove it was an intentional act. The New Mexico Court of Appeals upheld their conviction.

Despite the convictions from the lower court, both women are out of prison until the supreme court returns it’s decision. The court is expected to release their findings at a later date.