BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A prosecutor has dropped a negligent homicide charge against the former owner of a now-defunct Baton Rouge day-care center in the July 2009 death of a 3-year-old girl left inside a company van for nearly six hours.

Betty McElveen, the girl's mother, tells The Advocate her 7-year-old son helped her to come to peace with the decision to dismiss the charge against Wanda Connor.

East Baton Rouge Parish Assistant District Attorney Charles Grey told state Judge Mike Erwin on Monday he explained to McElveen that it is "highly unlikely" Connor would have been convicted in the death of D'Myion McElveen.

Two ex-Wanda's Kids World employees pleaded guilty last fall to negligent homicide charges and were given suspended five-year prison terms.