Man charged with leaving kids in hot car pleads not guilty

4:47 PM, Jul 18, 2013   |    comments
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FRANKLIN, N.H. (NEWS CENTER) -- A Lebanon, Maine man is behind bars for allegedly locking four kids inside a sweltering car while he shopped at a discount store. The incident happened Wednesday afternoon in Franklin, New Hampshire. The children, ranging from 9 months to 9-years-old were in the car for about ten minutes before help arrived.
Police say the incident happened around four o'clock in the parking lot of the Family Dollar store. Police say Hollenbeck left the children and went inside the store. A passerby spotted the children, a 9-year old, 5-year old and 9-month old twins who were strapped in their car seats and called police.

The children were treated at a local hospital for heat related symptoms, but were not harmed. Police later discovered stolen items from the store and Oxycodone in Hollenbeck's car.

Hollenbeck pleaded not guilty this morning at his arraigment on misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child and receiving stolen property. His bail was set at $50,000 cash. 
"The state believes that the defendant does pose a danger to the community based on the nature and seriousness of the offenses before the court," Chris Ahern, the city prosecutor of Franklin.

Hollenbeck was ordered not to have any contact with the children, who are now in the custody of his father. Hollenbeck's fiance, the children's mother, is in a drug rehabilitation program in the Franklin area.

Hollenbeck is due back in court next Friday for a probable cause hearing on the felony charge of drug possession.


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