The mother of a 3-year-old girl who died after being left inside a day care center van for nearly six hours in scorching heat in 2009 knows nothing will bring her child back, but she said what happened Thursday in a Baton Rouge courtroom was a slap in the face.

Two former employees of the now-defunct Wanda’s Kids World on Brady Street were given suspended five-year prison terms, put on probation for five years and ordered to perform 10,000 hours of community service apiece after pleading guilty to negligent homicide charges in the July 1, 2009, death of D’Myion McElveen.

“They should have got more. To me they got off easy. My daughter’s dead. It doesn’t bring my daughter back,’’ Betty McElveen, who cried in state District Judge Mike Erwin’s courtroom when Kyandrea Thomas and Michelle Veals pleaded guilty and were sentenced, said after court.

Thomas, 29, who was an aide in the van, and Veals, 42, who drove the van, faced up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Probation was a possible sentence.

“From the beginning this has been a probatable offense,’’ East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III said in his office Thursday, noting that Thomas and Veals had no prior criminal history and neither had the intent to harm the child. “They cooperated from the beginning.’’

Prosecutor Charles Grey told Erwin that a plea agreement with the District Attorney’s Office recommended Thomas and Veals receive the suspended prison sentences and probation because both women were criminally negligent but neither had the specific intent to harm the child.

Erwin, who reluctantly agreed to the proposed sentence, also ordered Thomas and Veals to reimburse the victim’s family for their funeral costs and perform 10,000 hours of community service. The judge said the women are not allowed to be involved in any job that involves “handling and care of children.’’

Erwin said it was his intention to make the probation conditions “so onerous’’ so that if Thomas and Veals violate those conditions, he could put them in jail.

“Thank you,’’ McElveen shouted out in court in response to the judge’s remarks.

Former Wanda’s Kids World owner Wanda Connor, 49, also faces a negligent homicide charge in the case. Her trial is set for April 23.

“She was afforded the same opportunity to plead,’’ Grey said in court. “There are ongoing discussions.’’

The prosecutor said Thomas and Veals must testify truthfully if Connor goes to trial.

Thomas’ attorney, Stephen LeBlanc, said Thomas is haunted by what happened and is truly sorry.

“My client has to live with this for the rest of her life,’’ he told reporters. “She’s very distressed by this. It’s horrible. She can’t bring this child back. Nobody can. My client is very sorry.’’

LeBlanc said he will request that Erwin reconsider the 10,000 hours of community service, saying it is impossible to complete that amount of service in five years while also working full-time.

The coroner ruled the cause of D’Myion’s death was hyperthermia, or overheating of the body. Grey said the child’s rectal temperature was 105.5 degrees after she was found in the van shortly after 2:30 p.m. She had been in the van since 9 a.m., he said.

The National Weather Service said the temperature reached 99 degrees the day the girl died.

A logbook at the day care center indicated D’Myion was checked into the facility at 9 a.m. and checked out at 4 p.m. that day, Grey said.

The state revoked Wanda’s Kids World’s license the day after D’Myion died, marking the fourth time the center’s license had been pulled.

Wanda’s was cited four times in 2008 because staff members failed to check the facility’s van to make sure there were no children left aboard, Grey said.

The center also was cited in May 2009 for failing to provide an adequate staff-to-child ratio while transporting children under the age of 5.