MENTOR, Ohio – A Painesville woman has been found guilty of child endangering after she left her two daughters along a busy roadway and drove away.
According to officials with Mentor’s Municipal Court, Linda Palecek entered a plea of ‘no contest’ to the charge and was found guilty by Judge John Trebets.
Palecek, 35, was accused of leaving her daughters, ages 11 and 15, along State Route 2 on March 31, 2012 after an argument with the youngest child.
Palecek and the girl were arguing over the child’s custody, according to Mentor Police, after the girl had told her mother that she wanted to live with her father.
According to police, Palecek pulled over along Route 2 and the youngest girl exited the vehicle. The girl’s older sister followed and Palecek yelled for the girls to get back in the vehicle.
Police say when they didn’t get back in the car, Palecek drove from the scene. The girls contacted their father who picked them up a short time later.
Trebets sentenced Palecek to 180 days in jail, all but five of which were suspended.
According to a bailiff with Trebets’ court, Palecek will avoid all jail-time if she does 40 hours of volunteer work in the community.
Palecek was also sentenced to six-months of probation and had to pay a $250 fine.