Civil Liberties

Dad Left Kids in Car At Police Station Parking Lot. Now He's Got New Charges.

The precinct parking lot is not exactly a high-crime area.


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A New Jersey man got a rude surprise after he left the local police station's violations bureau (where you pay your parking tickets). From the press office—really, they brag about this kind of thing?—of the Cherry Hill PD:

On July 21, 2014 at 1312 hours, police were alerted to a vehicle containing two unattended children parked on the rear lot of the Cherry Hill Police Administration Building. Police located the vehicle, which was occupied by two children ages 3 and 1. The passenger window of the vehicle was found in the lowered position. A short time later Police located the driver who reported that he had been inside the building at the Violations Bureau. The driver was arrested at this time and charged with endangering the welfare of the children. 

Charges: Endangering the Welfare of a Child – 3rd Degree. Released on a summons.

The fact that the guy rolled down the windows says to me that he did his best to make sure his children were comfortable and trusted that the precinct parking lot is not exactly a high-crime area. But sometimes it's hard to catch a break.

As a wise musician once said, "They'll stone you when you're walkin' on the floor… They'll stone you when you're walkin' to the door…"