CHICAGO - Treffly Coyne was out of her car for just minutes and no more than 10 yards away.This sounds like a joke, but it is yet another example of our nanny state having gone too far.
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.
Minutes later, she was under arrest — the focus of both a police investigation and a probe by the state’s child welfare agency. ...
The 36-year-old suburban mother is preparing to go on trial Thursday on misdemeanor charges of child endangerment and obstructing a peace officer. If convicted, she could be sentenced to a year in jail and fined $2,500, even though child welfare workers found no credible evidence of abuse or neglect.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Mom faces trial for leaving toddler in car
The AP reports: