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Saskatchewan man pleads guilty to some charges related to Amber Alert

Johnathan Gunville, who is 19, has admitted to abandoning a child, theft of a vehicle, operation of a vehicle dangerous to the public and driving while disqualified.
Johnathan Gunville, who is 19, has admitted to abandoning a child, theft of a vehicle, operation of a vehicle dangerous to the public and driving while disqualified. File Photo / Global News

A man accused of a child abduction that sparked an Amber Alert in north-central Saskatchewan has pleaded guilty to several charges.

Johnathan Gunville, 19, has admitted to abandoning a child, theft of a vehicle, operation of a vehicle dangerous to the public and driving while disqualified.

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Other charges including abduction and unlawful confinement are expected to be dealt with when the case returns to North Battleford court for sentencing on Jan. 9.

The six-year-old girl had been left in the back of her parents’ running Mercedes when it was taken last month from outside a strip mall in North Battleford.

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The girl, who is autistic, epileptic and non-verbal, was found safe almost 14 hours later – still inside the SUV – a few kilometres away from where it was stolen.

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Bill Archer, Gunnville’s lawyer, has said his client is a troubled kid with intellectual challenges.