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Hanover mom gets 6 to 23 months for putting kids in trunk
A Hanover woman pleaded guilty to child endangerment Thursday after police found her putting her two children in the trunk of her Corvette in early July.
In July, Jessica Marie Reger, 29, of 202 Second Ave., placed her two children, ages 3 and 5, in the trunk of a Corvette and drove down the street, when she and the driver, Ilena Gale Blackburn, were pulled over and the children were found in the trunk, police have said.
On Thursday she pleaded guilty to child endangerment in front of Judge Christy H. Fawcett, according to online court records. She was sentenced to six to 23 months in prison, with credit for time served. Additionally, she must attend parenting classes, according to records.
Senior Deputy Prosecutor Sarah Buhite said that Reger also violated probation from a different charge.
According to court records, she pleaded guilty to in 2015 to a criminal use of communications charge, and was sentenced intensive supervised probation. On Thursday, Fawcett found that Reger violated her probation, online court records indicate. She must serve nine to 23 months concurrently with her latest sentence.
The background: About 8:40 p.m. on July 10, Reger was seen placing two children in the trunk of a red Corvette in the 200 block of Second Avenue in Hanover, police have said.
Hanover Borough Police say Reger and the driver of the car, Blackburn, 28, drove east on West Middle Street, where they were pulled over, documents state.
The officer asked Blackburn to open the trunk, where Reger's two children were found, police said.
After arraignment, she was remanded to York County Prison in lieu of $2,500 bail.
During court proceedings, Buhite said that Reger's attorney, Korey Leslie, argued that the part of the vehicle the children were placed in was not the trunk, but rather a "well."
“To me that’s just a matter of semantics, at the end of the day they weren’t in their car seats,” she said.
Buhite said the penalty imposed on Reger was within the guidelines for sentencing for her charge.
Blackburn pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment on Oct. 14, according to court records. Fawcett sentenced Blackburn to 18 months of probation and ordered her to attend parenting classes and perform 50 hours of community service, online court records indicate.
Leslie did not return a request for comment Thursday.
— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at email@example.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.