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Sentence cut for Brighton mother who left boy in cold car

BRIGHTON, Colo. — A Colorado judge reduced the sentence for a woman who left her 2-year-old son in a car overnight during a snowstorm, causing him to suffer hypothermia and frostbite.

Adams County District Judge Thomas Ensor on Thursday reduced Nicole Carmon’s prison sentence from eight years to five. She was sentenced in January after pleading guilty to negligent child abuse and attempted first-degree assault.

Investigators say Carmon called police on Dec. 17, 2016 to report that she’d been drinking and “lost” her son. Officers found her car in a mall parking lot. The boy was alone for more than 14 hours as the outside temperature fell to minus 8 degrees.

Prosecutors opposed the reduction, arguing Carmon’s long-standing pattern of neglecting her children demonstrates her character better than any progress she has made while in prison.

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