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Posted: August 2, 2011 10:47 a.m.

Judge orders teen to create memorial for toddler

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — The parents of a 2-year-old who died in a hot van outside a Jonesboro day care center have welcomed a judge's order for a teenager to create a memorial to the toddler.

Authorities say Jazmin Green died June 20 after being left in a van outside Marlo's Magnificent Early Learning Center after a field trip.

A 16-year-old charged in the case pleaded guilty on Monday to involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct. Judge Steven Teske wants the memorial to be displayed in a government location.

Charles Green, Jazmin's father, calls the memorial project "a great thing." The girl's mother, April McAlister, says the order made her feel good.

The teenager, whose name was withheld because she's a juvenile, also was sentenced to two years' probation and 40 hours of community service.

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