Trial Date Set For Day Care Operator

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Associated Press

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Updated Wed, Jul 31, 2013 10:03 am

A December trial is set for a Wood County, West Virginia day care operator charged in the death of a child who was left in a hot car.

A Wood County grand jury indicted Kenneth Rockhold Sr., 64, of Belleville earlier this month on a charge of child neglect resulting in death.

Rockhold pleaded not guilty this week. His trial is set for Dec. 10.

Rockhold is accused of leaving 4-year-old Mercedes Wise unattended in a vehicle on Aug. 30, 2012. The girl was found dead in the vehicle. The temperature reached 89 degrees that day.

The girl's mother, Shawna Wise, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in September 2012 against Lester and his wife, Linda Rockhold.

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