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Couple lures their 4-year-old son into trunk of car to cure his fear of the dark

By Mason White 12:36 PM July 28, 2014
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By: Anika Rao
(Scroll down for video) A couple was arrested, charged and convicted of child abuse related charges after they locked their son in the trunk of their car.

The couple of Pennsylvania, was accused of luring their 4-year-old son into the trunk of the car with sweets while the other two kids were in the backseat of the car.

The parents told the child to find the sweets they placed in the trunk. Once inside, the couple gave him a flashlight and closed the trunk.

They hoped that this would cure his fear of the dark.

26-year-old Jeffrey Lenhart, and his wife, Danielle, 24, of Latrobe, were charged with felony child neglect and reckless endangerment for locking their child in the car on three different occasions.

They drove about 10 miles from their home to the Idlewild Park in Ligonier. In a plea deal with prosecutors, the couple pleaded guilty to the charges and were ordered to serve two years probation. They were also ordered to attend an accelerated rehabilitation program.

The couple received the light sentence because they are first-time offenders. When they finish their probation the couple may be eligible to have their record expunged.

They will also be reunited with their children who have been living with family members.