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By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated October 11, 2001 11:42 AM
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Comedian Paula Poundstone, 41, sentenced in her child abuse case in a Santa Monica, Calif., courtroom on Wednesday, is to receive five years probation and 180 days in an alcohol treatment program. She was also told that she could never be a foster parent again. Poundstone had pleaded no contest to child endangerment charges. Additionally, she was ordered to do 200 hours of community service, attend a counseling program on child abuse and undergo psychiatric counseling once a week for a year, all part of her probation. She also agreed to stay at her live-in alcohol rehab program for another 55 days. (She has been at the Promises treatment center since just before her June arrest.) Superior Court Judge Bernard Kamins wished Poundstone good luck, adding, “I think her humor is unique and feel it is only going to get better after this life experience.” Poundstone will be back in court on Nov. 13, when the jurist will hear her request that she be allowed to do stand-up work under supervision while still in rehab. Poundstone, who has three adopted children and has been a foster parent since 1993, did not speak during the hearing, but her attorney, Steven Cron, later provided reporters with some details of the case. He explained that the child endangerment charges, to which Poundstone pleaded no contest, stemmed from a time when the comedian drove four children to an ice cream store while she was intoxicated. She was not cited at the time and no accident occurred.