Couple Gets Probation for “Curing” Son's Fear of the Dark

A Pennsylvania couple charged with locking their 5-year-old son in the trunk of their moving car -- to cure his fear of darkness -- will spend two years on probation in a program for first-time offenders.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports 26-year-olds Jeffrey and Danielle Lenhart, of Latrobe, entered the program Thursday in Westmoreland County.

The Lenharts weren't required to plead guilty to endangerment charges, and can ask the court to expunge their arrest records if they complete probation without incident.
Police say the couple gave their son a flashlight and told him to look for candy in the trunk during three trips to an amusement park about 10 miles from their home last July.
Defense attorney Brian Aston says, "Things aren't as they were described in the police report'' calling the incidents "more of a game.''

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