In case you’re not up to speed, Treffly Coyne is a woman from Tinley Park, Illinois who was arrested for briefly leaving her young child in her car alone in a Wal-Mart parking lot. The case caused quite a stir on message boards, with some claiming what Coyne did was reckless and she deserved to be punished, while most seemed to think it was an outrage and an overreaction by police. Well, the majority seems to have been vindicated, as prosecutors are indicating that they are going to submit a motion to drop all charges:
Treffly Coyne, 36, was set to go on trial Thursday on misdemeanor charges of child endangerment and obstructing a peace officer. But the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office found the evidence did not support the charges, sources said.
Prosecutors will drop the case at a Thursday court appearance in Bridgeview, sources said.
It was Dec. 8 when Coyne drove to Wal-Mart in suburban Crestwood so that her children could donate $8.29 in coins to the Salvation Army.
When she arrived, she parked in a loading zone. Her two-year-old daughter Phoebe was asleep. Coyne locked the car and activated the alarm, then took her two other daughters and another child to the Salvation Army donation kettle no more than ten yards away.
A community service officer intercepted Coyne on her way back to the car. Crestwood police then arrested her.
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