Hanover NJ police arrested a man who allegedly left his young son unattended in a locked vehicle while he went to work for the day.
The suspect, a 42-year-old Bayonne NJ man, was arrested after police reportedly found his 5-year-old child locked in a car.
Police received a report of an unattended child in a vehicle that was parked at 300 Jefferson Park. When a patrol officer went to the scene, he reportedly found the unattended child.
According to police, the child was in good health. However, the police report did not indicate whether the vehicle’s windows were down while the child was inside.
The officer later found the father working in The Crossings at Jefferson Park, which is the building with the listed address of 300 Jefferson Park.
The suspect tried to explain the situation by telling the officer that his son’s usual babysitter was unavailable that day. He also said that he took a break from work every 20 minutes so that he could check on his son.
During the investigation, the officer learned that the suspect had a number of active motor vehicle warrants. As a result, the officer eventually placed the suspect under arrest.
The suspect has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and child abandonment. He was also cited for driving while suspended because his NJ driver’s license had already been suspended.
The suspect posted bail and was released with a pending court date. Meanwhile, Hanover police contacted the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency to report the incident.
For more information, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Cops: Man Left 5-Year-Old Son in Locked Car While He Went to Work.”