| ||Associated Press|
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A North Carolina couple that left two
children at a Florida motel while they went to a NASCAR race
at Daytona International Speedway have been sentenced to six months
Harold and Sara Hadnott of Greensboro pleaded no contest to
charges of child neglect.
The Hadnotts were arrested in July after returning to their
motel room at the Georgian Inn in Ormond Beach.
Two of their children, ages 8 and 5, were playing on the pool
deck at the motel when a bystander asked where their parents were.
The children said their parents had gone to the Pepsi 400 and told
them to play at the pool, then return to their room.
Police officers found the children alone in the family's room
and turned them over to the Division of Children and Family
The couple subsequently lost custody of a third child, a
John Maxwell, a social worker with Child Protective Services in
Greensboro, testified at a hearing in August that the Hadnotts had
a long history with social services.
Maxwell said he received a report one week before the Florida
arrest that Sara Hadnott had taken one of the children with her to
The children are being cared for by other family members.