CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Kanawha County man who stole a car while a baby was in the back seat will be sentenced in May.
On Monday, Christopher Linville, 20, of Elkview plead guilty to child neglect causing a risk of injury or death. His trial on that charge along with a charge of possession of a stolen vehicle had been scheduled to begin on Monday.
Back on Jan. 6, Linville jumped into the car that was left running outside of a convenience store on Charleston’s East End along Washington Street East. The child’s mother had briefly run into the store.
Linville later abandoned the vehicle after, investigators said, he realized the nine month old baby was on board. The child was soon found safe.
As for Linville, he’ll be sentenced on May 19 in Kanawha County Circuit Court and faces between one and five years in prison.