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Woman gets probation after locking kids in trunk to shop

A 40-year-old Utah woman who admitted locking her two young children in the trunk of the car while she shopped at a Wal-Mart store has been ordered to perform 60 hours of community service and sentenced to a year’s probation.

Riverdale Justice Court Judge Reuben Renstrom sentenced Tori Lee Castillo of Ogden Thursday after she pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of reckless child abuse. A second count was dismissed.

Riverdale police say witnesses heard the children ages 2 and 5 making noise and saw the car shaking on May 25, so they got the older child to pull the emergency latch and called 911.

Prosecutor Teral Tree told The Salt Lake Tribune he sought a jail sentence but the children’s father opposed that. He says the children spent about 10 minutes in the car’s trunk but weren’t injured.

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