Max Stephens was one of seven children at Thompson’s in-home day center on July 8, 2014, when he hanged himself on a piece of yellow twine, the type used around bales of pine straw. Prosecutors believe Thompson left Max outside alone for 18 minutes while she went inside to discipline a child and use the bathroom.
“There’s been emotion,” Pete Johnson, assistant district attorney, told the jury. “There’s been sadness. And anger, because this never had to happen. Never had to happen. Because of Janna Thompson. Max Stephens is dead.”