WHEELING (AP) — An Ohio County jury has convicted a man accused of leaving his stepson locked in a hot car.
Media outlets report that an Ohio County Circuit Court jury convicted 25-year-old Stephen Clemens on a child neglect charge last week.
The jury also convicted Clemens of entering without breaking. A sentencing date hasn’t been set.
Police say Clemens and the 9-year-old boy’s mother left the child locked in a car at the Highlands shopping complex in July while they tried to shoplift.
A shopper saw the boy inside the vehicle and told a sheriff’s deputy.
The boy’s mother, Jeanette Darnley, pleaded guilty to child neglect last week and testified against Clemens.