A young mother from Hanover, Pennsylvania who we wrote about after she went on a joy ride with her two small children locked in the trunk of a friend’s car won’t be seeing her kids for awhile. Jessica Reger, 29, pleaded guilty to child endangerment and was sentenced to six to 23 months in prison with credit for time served. At the same time, she will be serving a nine to 23 month sentence for violating probation on a 2015 charge, for which she pleaded guilty to criminal use of communications.
It was on July 10 that Reger was seen loading her 3 and 5-year-old children into the trunk of her friend Ilena Gale Blackburn’s red Corvette. The word “Fear-Less” is tattooed across Reger’s fingers, and she certainly wasn’t fearful of her toddler’s safety, however a witness was and called 911. Blackburn and Reger were pulled over by police a couple blocks away where the children were discovered and Reger was arrested.
Unable to post the $2,500 bail, Reger was held in York County Prison pending her trial. Her lawyer tried to argue that the children were not actually in the trunk of the car, but in a “well.” However, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Sarah Buhite was having none of it, stating, “To me that’s just a matter of semantics, at the end of the day they weren’t in their car seats.” In addition to prison time, Reger is required to attened parenting classes. After also pleading guilty, her accomplice Blackburn was sentenced to 18 months of probation and ordered to attend parenting classes and perform 50 hours of community service.