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Denver Judge Who Left Granddaughter in Car Gets Deferred Prosecution Agreement

Posted Sep 26, 2011 6:56 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A Denver judge accused of leaving her 6-year-old granddaughter in the car while she shopped at Sam’s Club will be able to win dismissal of her case under a six-month deferred prosecution agreement.

Judge Mary Celeste was accused of violating a city ordinance after the girl was found in the car in late July on a day when the temperature was above 90 degrees. The Aurora, Colo., City Attorney's Office announced the deferred prosecution agreement on Saturday, report TheDenverChannel.com and the Denver Post.

Celeste's lawyer has said the car fan was running, there was water in the car, and the doors were locked. A news release says Celeste regrets the incident, and it has made her a better grandmother and judge.

In June, Celeste received the 2011 Mary Lathrop Award by the Colorado Women's Bar Association, according to a prior story by 9News.com.

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