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Conway man pleads guilty to endangerment of minor

Posted: December 20, 2013 - 4:36pm

A Conway man pleaded guilty Friday to one count of first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor in Faulkner County Circuit Court.

As part of his plea deal, Joseph Torian, 47, was sentenced to five years probation and 120 days in county jail. Torian is required to serve 60 days of the sentence immediately, and the other 60 days before Dec. 31, 2014.

Torian was also ordered to pay $470 in fees and a $2,000 fine.

Torian was arrested at a Little Rock bar in January after Conway police say he left his 13-month-old son alone at his Conway home.

Police say the child’s mother alerted authorities after suspecting her child had been left alone by Torian. The mother told police she received a picture, from Torian, of the child sleeping around 9:30 p.m., the night of the incident, but later noticed Torian’s iPad indicated it was in the River Market District in Little Rock.

After being alerted, officers entered Torian’s home and found the infant crying in his crib.

Torian was originally charged with two counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor. During questioning in January, police said Torian admitted to previously leaving his child, then seven months old, alone, however, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Carol Crews told the court Friday the second charge was not prosecuted due to a lack of evidence.

(Staff writer Lee Hogan can be reached by email at lee.hogan@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1246. Follow Lee Hogan on Twitter at twitter.com/LCD_LeeHogan. To comment on this and other stories, log on to thecabin.net.)

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