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CINCINNATI — An Indiana mother who pled guilty to abandoning her autistic son in Ohio has received no prison time.

February, Heather Adkins took her 5-year-old autistic son 75 miles across the state’s border to Colerain Township, near Cincinnati. There, she left the child in the middle of the rainy night at a dead-end street next to a flooded creek.

Before doing that, she took her two other children from their home in Shelbyville to be watched by a friend in Kentucky before driving to Ohio.

The nonverbal boy was found trying to flag down drivers, where one stopped to help the boy and call 911.

Adkins was arrested for an unrelated traffic warrant in Georgetown, Kentucky.

Earlier in September, Adkins pled guilty to child endangerment, but said she was not trying to harm her son. Child endangerment has up to three-years in prison.

During her sentencing hearing Wednesday, Adkins was given no prison time but was sentenced to six months of mental health and drug rehabilitation at a correctional facility in Ohio and three years of probation.

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