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Parents of child left alone get probation
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Parents who let their 3-year-old son wander away from home have been granted probation but will be required to be under the scrutiny of the Department of Children’s Services.The couple, Mikella M. Garcia, 22, and Ladonta D. Hall, 24, entered guilty pleas before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke on Tuesday afternoon to charges of misdemeanor child abuse. Garcia was granted a six-month judicial diversion while Hall was placed on probation for six months. The difference between the two sentences is that in the case of the judicial diversion, Garcia’s criminal record will be erased at the end of probation.