MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – A father who left his child alone in a crashed vehicle for several hours has been sentenced to 10 months in jail.
Cody Robert Hershey, 26, on Oct. 30 pleaded no contest to second-degree child abuse and operating while intoxicated with an occupant less than 16 years of age.
The 1-year-old child was missing for several hours after being left alone in a crashed car that police eventually found abandoned in a city of Muskegon alley. The child was still strapped in a car seat inside the car.
Hershey was sentenced as a second-time habitual offender on Dec. 13 by Muskegon County Circuit Judge William C. Marietti, who gave Hershey two days credit for time already served. He also sentenced Hershey to 24 months of probation.
Hershey has a 2011 felony conviction for delivery of marijuana.
Muskegon County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Timothy Maat earlier called the case “pretty horrifying.”
The child’s mother contacted police at 2 a.m. July 26 to report her child missing. Just after 6 a.m., police located Hershey, but he was not with the child, Maat said. Hershey was taken to the police station for questioning while Muskegon police continued to search the area, he said.
The child was located by a Muskegon Police officer who was part of the search effort, Maat said. The child was awake and uninjured inside the locked vehicle parked in the alley off the 900 block of Barney Street, Maat said. There was evidence that the car had recently been in a wreck, he said.
The child abuse charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, though the actual sentence is determined by a judge based on state guidelines. A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt but is treated as such at sentencing.
MUSKEGON, MI — The last days of 2017 have brought record-breaking snowfall in Muskegon, according to the National Weather Service.
In 48 hours, 19.9 inches of snow fell on Muskegon as of 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, according to the NWS Grand Rapids office.
That’s the greatest two-day snowfall total since Jan. 13 and 14 in 2012.
This weekend’s lake effect snow has been “fluffy,” officials said, and has since compacted down from 19.9 inches to 16 inches.
Friday, Dec. 29, snowfall also set records in Muskegon.
Meteorologists measured 14.7 inches of snowfall in a 24-hour period Friday — making the day one of the top 10 biggest snow events on record for the area.
The largest snowfall ever in a 24-hour period in Muskegon happened Jan. 10, 1982, when 22 inches landed on the ground.