Virginia

No Jail Time for Parents for Riding Moped With 5-Month-Old

The county's emergency center got multiple calls from residents reporting a child riding in unsafe conditions in October

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A Virginia couple has been convicted of felony child neglect but won't serve jail time for traveling with their 5-month-old on a moped last year.

Cane Hartwick Jr., 27, and Athena Colon, 25, both entered Alford pleas in Spotsylvania Circuit Court, meaning they acknowledge there is sufficient evidence for a conviction without admitting guilt, Fredericksburg.com reported Monday. According to the terms of the plea agreements, both parents received suspended three-year prison terms and will be subject to random home visits from social service workers.

Authorities in October said the county's emergency communications center received multiple calls from residents reporting a child riding in unsafe conditions.

Deputies caught up with the moped and arrested Hartwick, who was driving, and passenger Colon. Fredericksburg.com reported that both adults were wearing helmets while their 5-month-old son, strapped to Colon with a baby carrier, was not.

Attorney Nathanael Buczek represented Hartwick and attorney Mark D’Antonio represented Colon.

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