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Posted at 2:30 PM ET, 04/16/2010

Guilty plea in Frederick neglect case

By Washington Post editors

A 47-year-old man who worked as a caregiver for the disabled has pleaded guilty to three counts of neglect for leaving three severely disabled men locked in a car while he ate lunch at a diner.

Brian Fleming of Fairfield, Pa., faces up to 18 months in jail at his sentencing June 2.

Fleming was arrested after police were called to the Frederick restaurant by concerned patrons who said the victims had been in the car for about an hour. Prosecutors say two of the men were blind, one had Down syndrome and each had a functional age of less than 2.

Fleming says he made a mistake but that the men were not in any danger. He says he had cared for them full-time for eight years and he left them outside because they didn't like crowds.

-- Associated Press

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By Washington Post editors  | April 16, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
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