Woman convicted in hot car death in jail again
A woman who served prison time in the hot car death of her young son was arrested Thursday after failing to appear in court on an unrelated charge. Stephanie Coogle, 38, of Dothan was booked into the Houston County Jail Thursday.
Court records reveal an alias writ of arrest was issued March 2 by District Judge Benjamin Lewis after Coogle failed to appear at a hearing in connection with a theft arrest.
Coogle, in 2012, was sentenced to four years in prison in the death of her four-year-old son, Shawn Aldridge. She was later released.
The boy was found dead in Coogle’s SUV after spending what investigators believed to be up to nine hours stuck inside while June temperatures reached up to 120 degrees. Police say the interior handles of the vehicle were not functioning and Aldrige was unable to escape.
Coogle’s common law husband was found not guilty in his son’s death.
The theft charge resulted from allegations Coogle shoplifted merchandise from Target department store in Dothan.. In 2014, she pleaded guilty to possessing marijuana and received a six month suspended sentence.
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