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Va. mother sentenced in death of child left in hot car

Thursday - 12/29/2011, 8:23am  ET

DANVILLE, Va. - A woman whose son died after she left him in a hot car in Danville will spend 10 years in prison.

Media outlets report that Danielle Clark was sentenced Wednesday in Danville Circuit Court for involuntary manslaughter. The judge suspended a five-year sentence on abuse charges.

Police say Clark and Maiquan DeShazor left Clark's 20-month-old son, her 3-year-old daughter and Deshazor's 78-year-old grandmother in a hot car outside a department store on June 21.

The boy died four days later at a hospital. His sister and the woman were treated for heat exhaustion.

DeShazor was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for abuse and neglect of an adult, with four years and a month suspended. She received suspended sentences on related charges.

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