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Charges Against Treffly Coyne Dropped

Have You Ever Left Your Kids in the Car?


Update: The charges have been dropped.

Carting kids to and from your vehicle is part of being a parent. But, sometimes it hardly seems worth the hassle when you are stepping just feet from the car when dropping a letter in a mailbox or running an errand in full view.

A Chicago mother of three is now paying the price for leaving her sleeping tot in a locked and alarmed car while walking less than ten yards away for a few minutes.

According to an MSNBC article:

But that was long and far enough to land her in court after a police officer spotted her sleeping 2-year-old daughter alone in the vehicle; Coyne had taken her two older daughters to pour $8.29 in coins into a Salvation Army kettle.

To see the charges she faces, read more. Treffly Coyne, 36 was arrested when she returned and has been charged with child endangerment. Today, she goes on trial and if convicted, faces one year in jail and a $2,500 fine. Child welfare workers found no evidence of abuse or neglect.

What is your opinion on this case? Have you ever left your children in the car?

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