O.C. Prosecutor’s Office reminds parents of severity of leaving children in car with recent arrest

oc prosecutors offc tls photo2Leaving a child in a vehicle is a serious matter, and a recent arrest highlights just how serious authorities take this matter.

Berkeley Township Police Det. Joseph Santoro and Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Special Victim’s Unit Det. Stephanie Bayha arrested and charged a 28-year-ol man with two counts of Fourth Degree Child Abuse.

“The investigation initiated on September 9th, 2016, by the partnering Detectives, with assistance from Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CSI, found the defendant was allegedly observed at approximately 4:40 pm by witnesses leaving his two children (ages 1 and 3) unattended in his car for approximately 19 minutes,” the Prosecutor’s Office said today.

The car was parked in the Retro Fitness parking lot on Route 9 in Berkeley with the ignition to the vehicle off while the man inquired about a gym membership.

child-in-car“The outdoor air temperature at the time exceeded 90 degrees. A temperature as high as 97 degrees was recorded on the day of the incident,” officials said.

The defendant was released on a summons pending his appearance in Superior Court.

[TLS]

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I’m not saying that it’s good to leave your children in hot car but I don’t get the report “found the defendant was allegedly observed at approximately 4:40 pm by witnesses leaving his two children (ages 1 and 3) unattended in his car for approximately 19 minutes”
    That means the witness must have seen the kids in a hot car for 19 min…
    Also maybe father lost track of time (read beginning of comment) but the witness time tracker did not…
    So I ask you what was the interest of witness for children or perhaps to get man in trouble and if that is the case maybe he should also be charged for assistance in leaving kids in car …

  2. Most likely there were a few witnesses who observed the defendant at different times, exiting the car, entering the gym, exiting the gym and entering the car. The early witnesses likely had no idea there were kids in the car and were not involved until questioned by police. The investigators likely determined the time frame based on the testimony of the witnesses with the end time confirmed by the later witness who observed the children and called police.

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