LAKE HARMONY, Pa. – A judge sentenced a woman to prison for making her 6-year-old daughter steal a volunteer fire company’s fundraising jar, a crime that netted the family $1.85.
Judith Weidner, 42, had told police she needed the change for gasoline, but in court she blamed a heroin addiction.
Judge David Addy sentenced Weidner, a mother of five from Tobyhanna Township in northeastern Pennsylvania, on Monday to one to three years in prison for the January 2005 theft.
Security films show Weidner distracting a convenience store clerk while her daughter took a small fireman’s boot used to collect change for a volunteer fire company effort. The boot was later found in the trash at a car wash.
“What I did to her was wrong,” Weidner said. “I feel so bad about it.”
Weidner’s attorney said her children are no longer in her custody.