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SPEEDWAY, Ind.– A mother accused of leaving her 16-month-old child alone at a Speedway, Ind. motel was sentenced in court Monday.

Talisha Evans pleaded guilty to neglect of a dependent and was sentenced to time already served.  However, a judge ordered Evans to be placed on probation for 519 days.

Evans was arrested last December after a witness reported seeing the toddler, who was wearing no socks or shoes, walk out of a nearby Motel 6 room and into the parking lot.

Approximately 20 minutes later, Evans arrived back to the motel.  She said she left to get her older children from the bus stop but ran out of gas on the way back to the motel.

Police said Evans was on probation on a similar incident, in which she left a child alone inside an unlocked car.