Muncie man gets 4 years after stealing car with two children inside, crashing it

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Mug shot of Brent South courtesy of Delaware County Sheriff's Office

MUNCIE, Ind. (January 12, 2016) — A Muncie man has been sentenced to four years in prison for leaving two children in a partially submerged car after he drove the stolen vehicle into a creek.

Brent Allen South, 27, had pleaded guilty to neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury and driving with a controlled substance in system.

A judge who sentenced him Monday dismissed auto theft and other charges South had faced.

The Star Press reports that authorities say South stole a car in July while a 13-year-old girl and an 11-month-old infant were in the back seat and drove it into a creek, where it came to rest on its roof.

South then fled on foot, leaving the children to be rescued by a bystander.