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Father faces charges after leaving children in vehicle unattended

Father faces charges after leaving children in vehicle unattended

The Rochester Police Department has recommended charges of child neglect for a man accused of leaving his two young children in a vehicle unattended.

The incident happened early Sunday afternoon at the Menards on South Broadway in Rochester. According to a police report, the 44-year-old Elgin man left the children, ages 2 and 8, in the vehicle with the windows rolled up while he went into the store.

A passerby noticed the children and waved down a nearby police officer. They convinced the 8-year-old boy to open the door so he and his little sister could get out. Police say the boy was sweating and crying.

Temperatures were in the mid-80s at the time, notes the report. 

The officer placed the children in the back of her air-conditioned squad car while they waited for the father to return. She also gave a random customer $10 to go into the store to purchase water for the kids.

The father came out of the store about 45 minutes later, and told police that he wasn't aware that he did anything wrong. The children were released back into the custody of the man. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.


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