Dad sentenced for leaving child at motel while he went on dateA La Crosse man who left his 15-month-old child alone in an Eau Claire motel room while he went on a date cannot have unsupervised contact with the child and must complete at least three parenting classes.
By: By Dan Holtz, The Leader-Telegram, Eau Claire, Wis., Superior Telegram
A La Crosse man who left his 15-month-old child alone in an Eau Claire motel room while he went on a date cannot have unsupervised contact with the child and must complete at least three parenting classes.
Theodore M. Jensen-Innis, 22, pleaded guilty in Eau Claire County Court to a misdemeanor count of child neglect.
As part of a one-year deferred agreement with prosecutors, Jensen-Innis must pay a $250 fine, commit no new crimes and perform 40 hours of community service.
If Jensen-Innis successfully completes the terms of the agreement, the child neglect charge will be dismissed.
According to the criminal complaint:
Eau Claire police were called March 10 to the Econo Lodge, 4608 Royal Drive, to check the welfare of the child.
An officer spoke with the front desk clerk, who said Jensen-Innis checked in with the child at 3 p.m.
At 5:30 p.m., a guest staying down the hall from Jensen-Innis came to the front desk to inform the clerk that a child has been crying in Jensen-Innis' room for over an hour.
The clerk tried calling Jensen-Innis' room, but no one answered. She then went to the room and knocked on the door.
When no one answered, the clerk opened the door with the front desk key and found the child alone in the room.
Police determined Jensen-Innis was the father and contacted the child's mother, who was in Wisconsin Dells for a party.
The mother told police Jensen-Innis was supposed to be watching their child.
Jensen-Innis was arrested after he returned to the Econo Lodge.
Jensen-Innis told police he "made a mistake" by leaving the child alone to go out on a date.
When asked by the officer whether he thought his actions were neglectful, Jensen-Innis said, "Very."
Holtz can be reached at 715-833-9207, 800-236-7077 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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