Droves of emotional mothers and fathers stood in a San Joaquin County Superior courtroom for the long-awaited opportunity to address an elderly Lodi daycare provider who last month reportedly pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of child endangerment and forgery.
On Monday, Dorothy Bernhoft, 67, was reportedly sentenced to four years probation and 416 hours of community service, and ordered to pay restitution to the families of 24 children involved in the case, whose ages range from 6 months to 4 years old, a mere slap on the wrist for the alledged crime.
Bernhoft reportedly listened to many of the 20 parents in attendance for the sentencing hearing, some of whom fought back tears as they conveyed the horror they felt after learning their children were left in darkened closets strapped into car seats for hours on end.
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