WICHITA, Kansas — A Wichita man was arrested on Father’s Day for an alleged case of child endangerment.
The 31-year-old man took three children into a fast food restaurant near Pawnee and West Street, but police say he left a 3-year-old boy in the car.
Police say two people noticed the little boy alone in the car and kept watching to see if someone would return for him. After 30 minutes, they reported it to authorities.
It was 5:40 Sunday evening and police say the heat index was 95 degrees. They say the temperature inside the car was even hotter.
“The problem is leaving a child in the vehicle, regardless of weather conditions, is not acceptable,” said Lt. Doug Nolte, Wichita Police Department.
Police arrested the father. The 3 year old and the three other children, ages 4, 5 and 6, were released to the care of other family members.
Police don’t know why the father left the youngest child in the car.
“Leaving a child unattended in a vehicle, whether you are running into a store or not, whether you’re leaving the vehicle on, is dangerous,” said Nolte.