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Man guilty of leaving child in hot car

Updated: Thursday, October 24 2013, 05:10 PM EDT

By: NEWS9 and Philip Stahl


A man has been found guilty of leaving a boy alone in a hot car while he and the child’s mother went shoplifting.

A jury on Thursday afternoon found Stephen Clemens guilty of child neglect and entering without breaking.

The incident happened in July 2013 in the parking lot of Kohl's at the Highlands.

Officials said Clemens took the 9-year-old boy, who is his girlfriend’s son, to a hot car after the child was being fussy in the store. While the boy was in the car, Clemens shoplifted with the woman, Jeanette Darnley.

On Oct. 18, Darnley entered an Alford Plea on a charge of child neglect. The plea means she did not admit guilt but recognized prosecutors have enough evidence against her to convict her.

Assistant Prosecutor Shawn Turak said Darnley previously lied when she said she thought Clemens was in the car with her son.

Neither Darnley nor Clemens had been sentenced as of Thursday afternoon.

Darnley faces up to five years in jail. Clemens faces one to five years in jail on the child neglect conviction, and one to 10 years for entering without breaking.

Stay with NEWS9 and WTOV9.com for continuing coverage.

Man guilty of leaving child in hot car

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