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Father pleads guilty to leaving child in hot car

Updated: Thursday, September 4 2014, 05:06 PM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va.--

A Wheeling father is sentenced to 1-5 years in prison after he left his 18-month-old daughter in a hot car while he was passed out.

Cory Rockhold, 33, was charged with child neglect creating serious injury or death.

It happened July 24 on South Wabash Avenue on Wheeling Island. Prosecutors said a good Samaritan saw the child, drenched in sweat, and began knocking on doors to find the parents.

Ultimately, Wheeling police were called and rescued the child. Rockhold was found passed out on his sofa.

According to reports, Rockhold lied to police officers saying he didn't have a daughter. He later told them she was "running around somewhere."

Rockhold tested positive for cocaine, marijuana and benzodiazepines.

Ohio County Assistant Prosecutor Shawn Turak said temperatures hit almost 80 degrees that day

"We have a pediatrician that would that the risk of hyperthermia and death was absolutely present in this situation and even at those temperatures, if the child was left in the car for even 15-30 minutes, the temperature in the car could reach very serious and dangerous levels," said Turak.

Rockhold told Judge James Mazzone he was sorry and regretted his decisions that day.

"There's no excuse for what I did and I just hope one day I can make it up to her and she can forgive me," Rockhold said.

Rockhold was sentenced to 1-5 years in a prison and will have to register with the West Virginia child abuse registry upon his release.

Father pleads guilty to leaving child in hot car


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