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Wandering toddler lands man in court

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

A Pulaski man received suspended prison sentence Thursday for allowing his toddler to wander into a parking lot while under his care.

Leonard Lee Scofield pleaded guilty to a single count of felony child abuse or endangerment under a plea agreement with the prosecution.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Skip Schwab said Pulaski Police Department was called to Meadowview Apartments June 29, 2012 for a toddler in diapers wandering in the parking lot of the apartment complex.

Police were able to determine the child was supposed to be in Scofield’s care. Schwab said Scofield was inside an apartment and was unaware the toddler had gone outside. “The child wasn’t injured, but there was a risk to (the child’s) safety,” the prosecutor said.

According to Schwab, Scofield was found to be incompetent to stand trial when the case was in Pulaski County General District Court for preliminary hearing. However, the defendant has since been restored to competency.

Defense attorney Greg Hagar said Scofield has met all requirements of Virginia Department of Social Services “since he has gotten back on his medication.”

Under the agreement, Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Marcus Long Jr. imposed a suspended five-year sentence. Scofield also was placed on three years of active supervised probation and he is required to complete 100 hours of community service.