The Nelson Tavern, where police found Marsland at the bar
Samuel Thomas Marsland, 25, was found sitting at the bar by police and when he was challenged tried to blame his mother and ran away, a court heard.
Officers had been called by a concerned passer-by who spotted the boys, aged just two and one, inside a Nissan Juke in Stockport, Greater Manchester.
Marsland, from Romiley, Stockport, this week pleaded guilty to two counts of child neglect at the town’s magistrates’ court.
Marsland pleaded guilty to two counts of child neglect at the town’s magistrates’ court
As a parent, Marsland should have put the welfare of his children first
He also admitted driving while disqualified, taking a vehicle without consent and driving without insurance.
The offences happened on August 23 last year, as temperatures hit a baking 26C.
Although a window had been left slightly open, the children in the car were visibly sweating.
The court heard police had gone into the Nelson pub to find out who was the owner of the Nissan.
The offences happened on August 23 last year, as temperatures hit a baking 26C
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Marsland claimed the car belonged to his mother who had gone to a nearby flat.
He then said he would go to find her and ran off, but left the keys to the car on the bar.
While officers stayed by the vehicle, he returned and admitted he had been driving it, even though it belonged to his partner and she had not given him permission.
Marsland also confirmed the two children inside were his.
Part of the jail sentence was a previously suspended one imposed in 2015 by South and East Cheshire magistrates for offences of drink-driving and driving while disqualified.
Marsland was also given a driving ban of a three further years.
Speaking after the case, an NSPCC spokesman said: “When left alone in a vehicle, young children can very quickly start to get anxious and distressed and there are clear added dangers when temperatures are extremely hot – as a parent, Marsland should have put the welfare of his children first.
“We always advise parents and carers never to leave babies, toddlers and very young children alone – whether in a vehicle or at home.”