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5. No jail time for Lodi father in child's death

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    Lodi resident Christopher Stewart, center, was sentenced to two years of community control sanctions and no jail time Friday in Medina County Common Pleas Court. His 6-month-old daughter died after being left in a hot car in July. Defense attorney Kristopher Aupperle is on the right and County Prosecutor S. Forrest Thompson on the left.

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    Medina County Common Pleas Judge Joyce V. Kimbler accepted a not guilty plea from Christopher L. Stewart, 22, of Lodi to one count of endangering children, a third degree felony Thursday morning.

    NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE

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    Christopher L. Stewart, 22, of Lodi, left, appears for his arraignment Thursday with his attorney Kristopher Aupperle in the courtroom of Medina County Common Pleas Judge Joyce V. Kimbler. Stewart was indicted Tuesday in relation to the death of his 6-month-old daughter in July.

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    Christopher Stewart

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A Lodi man responsible for the death of his 6-month-old daughter, who was left in a hot car in July, was able to avoid possible jail time with a sentence that shocked many.

Christopher Stewart, 22, was sentenced to two years of probation in October by Medina County Common Pleas Court Judge Joyce V. Kimbler.

The sentence was three-years shorter than what prosecutors were seeking.

The sentence came after Stewart pleaded guilty to one count of endangering children, a third-degree-felony.

Police said the infant was found unresponsive in the vehicle at a North Huntington Street park and she was transported to Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital where efforts to revive her were unsuccessful.

Stewart was indicted by a grand jury in August on the felony charge and remained free on a recognizance bond throughout the trial process.

Medina County Prosecutor S. Forrest Thompson said Stewart said he simply forget his daughter in the vehicle. Stewart left his daughter unattended in the vehicle while he attended a baseball game at Ray Mellert Park in Medina.



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