Local Woman Who Left Toddler In Hot Car Sentenced

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
A local woman who pleaded guilty to leaving a toddler in a hot car won’t spend any time behind bars.

Kelly Coker (Jail photo)

WACO (August 27, 2014) A McLennan County woman was sentenced Tuesday to probation after she pleaded guilty earlier to leaving a toddler in a hot car and to a forgery charge.

State District Judge Matt Johnson sentenced Kelly Dyan Coker, 31, to 5 years of deferred adjudication probation on an abandoning a child charge and the forgery charge, a district attorney's spokesman said Wednesday.

Johnson ordered the sentenced to be served concurrently.

Deferred adjudication means if Coker completes her probation successfully, she won't have a final conviction on her record.

Coker was arrested back in August 2013 after police say she left a toddler locked inside a hot car at the Hewitt Care Center.

By the time officers arrived, a bystander had removed the unresponsive child out of the vehicle.

Paramedics were able to revive the child, who recovered from the incident.

The child was not Coker’s, police said.

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