Mother could have child neglect conviction erased from record

Becky Campbell • Apr 1, 2013 at 9:53 PM

A woman accused of leaving her infant alone in a hotel room pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and will have the conviction erased from her record next year in a plea agreement reached last week.

Tina Strange, 30, of Ashland, Ky., was charged March 20 with non-violent child abuse and neglect. She was arrested after police responded to the DoubleTree Hotel around 11:30 that night.

In a Washington County Sessions Court hearing Thursday, Strange pleaded guilty to attempted child neglect under the state’s expungement statute.

She was given a suspended 11 month, 29 day jail term, which she’ll serve on probation, and must complete at least eight hours of parenting classes.

Hotel staff apparently called police after locating the infant in the hotel room alone and taking her to the office.

Several witnesses told Officer Brian Vicchio they saw Strange in the hotel bar drinking, and that she had walked across the road to the Electric Cowboy. That’s where Officer Andrew Conners found Strange and took her into custody.

Strange’s account of the incident was that she was trying to find something to eat. The hotel restaurant was closed and someone from the hotel directed her to the Electric Cowboy.

The child was returned to Strange and her husband the day after the arrest.

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