Father arrested after leaving children in car while shopping

07/06/2012 5:00 AM

07/06/2012 6:57 PM

A man who thought it would be safe to leave his children in the car because it was difficult to take them into the store was arrested by Wichita police.

Police said Friday that the 33-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment charges, as well as driving with a revoked or suspended license and possession of marijuana, which was found in the car.

The incident took place about 7:45 p.m. Thursday when police responded to a report of child endangerment in the parking lot of the West Kellogg Walmart.

Three children – ages 6, 2 and 8 months – were left in a running vehicle parked in a fire lane. The vehicle’s air-conditioning appeared to be on. It was 95 degrees outside and the vehicle was parked facing the sun, police said.

Passers-by alerted management who called police.

Police aren’t sure how long the children were left unattended but said 40 minutes passed between the initial call and the father returning to the vehicle.

The children were taken into police protective custody after the mother, who was shopping at another store, could not be reached. The children were unharmed.

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