Man arrested for child endangerment at Oakland Mall

By: Brendan Losinski | Troy Times | Published September 10, 2021

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TROY — A 21-year-old man from Norfolk, Virginia, was arrested Aug. 22 in Troy and charged with child endangerment.

According to the Troy Police Department, at approximately 1:36 p.m. in the parking lot of JCPenney, located at 700 14 Mile Road, officers responded to reports of a 2-year-old child left in a hot car unattended.

The window was rolled down about 2 inches, and officers said it was 91 degrees out at the time. The officers said they got the door open and attended to the child.

Following this, a subject walked up to the vehicle and identified himself as the child’s mother’s boyfriend, according to investigators.

“He stated he had only been in the business for a few minutes and left the baby sleeping in the vehicle,” Sgt. Jason Clark said in an email. “The subject provided a false name and was becoming agitated. The baby was removed from the vehicle, given water and medical personnel were summoned to the scene. The baby’s mother was transported to the scene and informed officers that she was working and she never gave the boyfriend permission to leave her daughter unattended.”

Police said the baby was determined to have had no ill effects from the incident.

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