HANOVER TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – A father is facing charges after police said he left his two children inside a car as outdoor temperatures reached above 90 degrees.
On July 5, at around 6:30 p.m., Sergeant Vitanza and Officers Byrnes and Acquaro responded to Wegmans for a report of two children left locked in a vehicle that was not running with outside temperatures still above 90 degrees, police said.
The officers arrived and located a 6-year-old developmentally disabled boy and a 4-year-old girl locked in the car sweating profusely and crying. Officers managed to gain access to the vehicle and provided the children with cold water to drink and respite from the heat in their patrol vehicles, police said.
The officers made several announcements within the store and after approximately 20 minutes the children’s father emerged from the store, police said.
The investigation revealed, through surveillance video, that the father locked the children in the car while he shopped for over 45 minutes in the store, police said.
The children were turned over to their mother and their father was placed into custody, police said.
The father’s name was not released and charges are pending.