Janna Thompson is a former daycare operator in Georgia who has been indicted on murder and child cruelty charges in the death of a three-year-old boy who accidentally hanged himself while playing outdoors on playground equipment.

Janna Thompson

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Janna Thompson (photo above) is the former operator of Ms. Janna’s Home Daycare in Alpharetta, Georgia. Her daycare license was revoked by the state in the aftermath of the death of the child.

According to Atlanta Journal-Constitution quoting the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, Thompson was indicted on second-degree murder and child cruelty charges for the July 9 death of three-year-old Thomas Maxwell Stephen, of Roswell, Georgia.

As WSB TV 2 reported at the time, he was going down a slide on the property when a loop of twine got wrapped around his neck. When police arrived at the scene after a 911 call they found a woman administering CPR. The child was rushed to the hospital, but died the next day, July 9th. The cause of death was asphyxia.

According to court documents obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “While the children were playing, one toddler began misbehaving. The Provider took this child inside leaving three children unsupervised on the playground. While inside, the Provider used the restroom, received a phone call and made a phone call.”

The newspaper goes on to note that according to the documents, Thompson returned outside after an “undetermined amount of time later” and it was as that time that she found the critically injured child lying down on the slide.

While Thompson had not been charged initially after the boy’s death, the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) closed down Thompson’s daycare center and, as noted, her daycare license was suspended. Atlanta Journal-Constitution revealed that Thompson’s facilities had been inspected in January of this year. An online report by DECAL noted hazards on the playground including “a wheel barrow located against the left fence, an unraveled water hose located to the right of the wooden deck, excessive tree limbs and pine cones were observed throughout the outdoor play area.”

As for additional details on Janna Thompson’s bio and professional background, it has been reported that she had operated the Ms. Janna’s Home Daycare for 25 years on Shady Grove lane in Alpharetta.

The story is developing. Check back for more updates and details on her pending arrest and the release of the mug shot.