A father who police say left his child in a car for hours while he was at work may not face charges. Our Megan Cruz has the latest from Colonie.
COLONIE, N.Y. -- "The father was supposed to drop the child off at the daycare center, for one reason or another failed to do that," said Lt. Robert Winn, Colonie Police Department.
Instead, his one-year-old child stayed strapped into a car seat. The father then walked into work at 210 Morris Road in Colonie Thursday morning. His child was left there in the cold for eight hours.
"Actually the mother, when she realized the child was not at daycare contacted him at work and that's when he discovered the error," said Lt. Winn.
That error is being called an “accident” by the father and police. Because of that, he may not be charged with a crime.
"The statute for endangering the welfare of a child provides in the first line that the person has to knowingly contribute to the possible welfare problem of the child. In this case right now, the facts do not warrant that he knowingly did this act," said Lt. Winn.
The father was the one who called 911. Lieutenant Winn says, thankfully, the boy was fine.
"He was bundled up, the car was parked in a part of the parking lot that it did receive sun during the day. Also, the father is from Southern Rensselaer County - the drive from there to where he works in Colonie is a 30-40 minute ride so the fact that there was a lot of ambient heat contributed to the fact that he was not more seriously injured," said Lt. Winn.
Lieutenant Winn says the department is working closely with the Albany County District Attorney's Office and Child Protective Services. Again, charging the father hinges on whether or not this was an accident.
"We are aware that in talking to the family, they did have a death in the family. So that was weighing on his mind. We also talked to some coworkers who say he's been out of sorts lately. All those factors are being taken into account," said Lt. Winn.