MENTOR, Ohio - A Painesville mother, convicted of leaving her 11-year-old and 15-year-old daughters on the side of Rt. 2 following an argument, has been sentenced.
Linda Palecek, 34, of Painesville, was found guilty of child endangering and sentenced in Mentor Municipal Court to six months of community service, 40 hours of volunteer work and to pay a $250 fine.
Mentor police said an argument between Palecek and her 11-year-old escalated on March 31, after the girl told her mom she wanted to live with her father. Authorities said Palecek started calling her kids nasty names and pulled over on Rt. 2 near the Rt. 306 exit. That's when the 11-year-old threatened to jump out of the vehicle and a scuffle followed.
The girls reportedly walked away from Palecek's car and when she yelled for them to come back, they didn't listen so she drove away. The girls' father picked them up on the freeway roughly 10 minutes later.
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