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Man Who Left Toddler in Hot Car Sentenced

November 11, 2003

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ A man whose granddaughter died after being left all day in a car during a heat wave pleaded guilty Monday to child endangerment charges.

Calvin Howell, 55, was sentenced to five years probation and community service just before his trial in the 2002 death of 20-month-old Sasha Fogle was about to begin.

Involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment charges were dropped. If convicted, Howell could have faced up to 17 years.

Howell told police he’d forgotten to drop off Sasha at a baby sitter’s home, leaving her in the car as temperatures went into the 90s. The car’s interior reached 140 degrees.

Municipal Court Judge Seamus P. McCaffery initially dismissed charges, saying the grieving grandfather had been ``sentenced to a life of grief.″ Prosecutors then refiled.

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