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Former daycare owner gets deferred sentence for child in car incident

By Emily Adamson, KECI Reporter, eadamson@keci.com
Published On: Nov 07 2013 06:28:06 PM MST
TOT TOWN
MISSOULA, Mont. -

A former Missoula daycare owner got a deferred sentence for the incident where a child was left in hot vehicle.

In Missoula County District Court Thursday, Melanie Hoke pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge for failing to report the incident.  Prosecutors say on an afternoon in July 2012 workers from Tot Town, the daycare Hoke owned, took kids to see a movie and left a three year old boy in a van for two hours.

Hoke said she wasn't working that day but did meet her employees at the movie, paid for them to get in, and watched the movie with her own children. Hoke said she didn't know how many kids were there that day.

“I didn't know who was there from the daycare, I didn't have a count,” Hoke said.