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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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SReilly12: Posted: July 2, 2014 12:45 a.m.

Keys in the ignition, car running, kid in the back seat.....what was she hoping for the car and the kid would be taken. No excuse for this what so ever.

obscured: Posted: July 2, 2014 2:03 a.m.

A whole 3 days?!?! That sure is going to teach her a lesson!

Unreal: Posted: July 2, 2014 10:50 a.m.

I think she had the air conditioner on. Still a very bad move. With the monitor she could watch someone take her baby.

Too bad we don't still have a drive thru like the one we had in Canyon Country where you could get diapers, bread, milk, etc. That was a great think for parents of small children, disabled, seniors, or just the plain tired. I keep hoping some market decides to have a drive thru with a few staples available.

boneshark: Posted: July 2, 2014 12:17 p.m.

To paraphrase Keanu Reeves from the movie "Parenthood"..."you need a license to buy a dog, to drive a car - hell, you even need a license to catch a fish. But they'll let any bleep-bleep-bleep be a parent."

chefgirl358: Posted: July 2, 2014 1:34 p.m. read my mind, I totally thought of that quote too. I'm just glad the baby is okay. --edited.

AlmostFayeMous1: Posted: July 3, 2014 1:24 p.m.

SOOO....the question is was the child even hers?? & if it was did they the child away from her?? Sentenced to 3 days?? Really why even bother she will be booked into the jail & realized in less than 2 days......
@Unreal So it makes OK to leave the child in the car cause she had the air conditioning on is what your saying?? WOW.....Thank God for that I mean seriously anyone with common sense knows that leaving a child in a car even with the AC on especially now in these hot temps. is not ok. If you don't wanna have to wake your child up from their nap to get them out of the car when you go somewhere It's pretty simple leave the kid @ home with someone else or deal with it & take the kid with you & risk maybe having to actually wake up the child. Big deal That's Parenthood

johnnyrock: Posted: July 3, 2014 3:22 p.m.

Any person that leaves a baby or a pet in the car is a brainless moron. There is no excuse whatsoever to do this, not, oh I forgot, not oh, I wasn't going to be excuse at all. She does not deserve to be a mom. So tired of hearing these types of stories. Sorry, I just don't understand people. It's your child not a laptop or a bag of groceries...

stray: Posted: July 3, 2014 8:41 p.m.

@AlmostFayeMous - "@Unreal So it makes OK to leave the child in the car cause she had the air conditioning on is what your saying??

No "almost"... She isn't saying that at all. Her EXACT words were: "Still a very bad move" even thou the poster "Unreal" believes she may have had the a/c on and a cell phone monitoring the baby.

Problem with leaving the a/c on, is that the car can stall. Then, guess what? Answer: The car gets VERY HOT within just a few minutes.

Seriously, NEVER leave your car unattended with the motor on; and above all, NEVER leave your child unattended - locked car or not! And, as we already know, she didn't have the car locked! It's amazing that the baby wasn't kidnapped - cell phone monitor ON or not!

chefgirl358: Posted: July 4, 2014 2:20 a.m.

Unreal never said or implied that at all!

missyJk: Posted: July 7, 2014 1:08 p.m.

NEVER leave a child or a pet in the car alone and unattended

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