Mother sentenced after leaving 2-year-old in car in Ishpeming

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - A woman arrested for leaving her child in a car in Ishpeming this winter was sentenced to jail Friday morning.

Taylor Thompson, 27, was arrested Jan. 23 after a Salvation Army worker found a 2-year-old child inside a car that wasn't running behind the Ishpeming Salvation Army.

Ishpeming police say Thompson returned a half hour later and said she had been at a friend's house. The child was turned over to Child Protective Services after treatment for exposure.

Thompson pleaded guilty to third-degree child abuse. Friday in Marquette County Circuit Court, she was sentenced to six months in jail and 18 months probation.

Judge Jennifer Mazzuchi noted Thompson has no criminal record but has a history with substance abuse.

"I'm hopeful that the time in jail has given you the opportunity to reflect on how out-of-control your drug use is, given that it led you to do what you did today," said Mazzuchi.

Thompson has to serve 110 days in jail up front but gets credit for time already served. She's also mandated to contact a peer recovery specialist during probation.

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