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.