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Woman gets 3 days for leaving child in car

Posted: July 1, 2014 6:41 p.m.
Updated: July 1, 2014 6:41 p.m.

A Frazier Park woman was sentenced to three days in jail Tuesday after pleading no contest to a charge of child endangerment for leaving an infant inside a car for half an hour.

Maurine Alyce Clark, 27, who works as an assistant manager at a truck stop, appeared in San Fernando Superior Court Tuesday where she entered a plea of no contest, said District Attorney’s Office spokesman Ricardo Santiago.

In addition to the jail sentence, she also was ordered to perform 15 days of community labor which does not involve children and to attend a parenting class for one year. She was also placed on three years probation, Santiago said.

Shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday, deputies responded to a call from a passerby who reported seeing a 9-month-old girl in the backseat of a car parked in the parking lot of Target on Magic Mountain Parkway at McBean Parkway.

“Our deputies arrested her on felony child endangerment,” Deputy Josh Dubin said Tuesday.

“It’s always a danger to leave an infant child alone in the vehicle,” he said. “Within a few minutes the temperature inside a car can heat up 20 degrees.”

According to the incident report maintained at the local sheriff’s station, deputies found the car unlocked with the engine running and with the child asleep in the backseat.

A cell phone found in the car was reportedly turned on and being used to monitor the infant.

The baby was unharmed.
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