Parents accused of locking son in trunk to cure fear of darkness get probation

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A Latrobe couple charged with locking their 5-year-old son in the trunk of their moving car -- to cure his fear of darkness -- will spend two years on probation in a program for first-time offenders.

According to Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE, 26-year-olds Jeffrey and Danielle Lenhart entered the program Thursday in Westmoreland County.

The Lenharts weren't required to plead guilty to endangerment charges, and can ask the court to expunge their arrest records if they complete probation without incident.

Police said the couple gave their son a flashlight and told him to look for candy in the trunk during three trips to an amusement park about 10 miles from their home last July.

Defense attorney Brian Aston said, "Things aren't as they were described in the police report" calling the incidents "more of a game."