Man sentenced who left baby inside car at Eastview Mall

A Cayuga County man arrested for leaving a baby alone inside a vehicle for roughly 23 minutes on a 90-degree day last summer will spend 120 days in the Ontario County Jail.

The sentence was handed down in Ontario County Court on Wednesday to James D. O’Connor, 38, of Auburn, who pleaded guilty to second-degree reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child, for choosing to leave the infant – two days short of his first birthday – inside the vehicle.

“I for all the money in the world never thought I would be standing in front of you,” O’Connor told Judge Frederick Reed during Wednesday’s appearance in the North Courtroom.

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