Dad DENNIS MORGAN RIGGS has been charged with child neglect and drug possession after calling police to report his 5-year-old son was missing. What apparently happened is that dad passed out (from what drug is not specified), so the boy called his mother to be picked up (unverified comments accompanying this article say that Dad is CUSTODIAL, and Mom apparently just had visitation). So Mom did and took the child to her house. According to the boy, Dad just "sleeps all day." Kids need this?
Dad Charged With Child Neglect
Dennis Riggs Arrested After Reporting Son Missing
POSTED: Tuesday, August 4, 2009
UPDATED: 2:12 pm EDT August 4, 2009
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A 41-year-old father who reported his 5-year-old son missing Monday night faced a judge Tuesday morning on charges of child neglect and drug possession.
Dennis Morgan Riggs was arrested after he called police to his Northside home and told them his son was missing. Police said Riggs told them he fell asleep and noticed his son was gone when he awoke.
After an searching for hours, police discovered the boy was safe at this mother's home.
Police were told the boy called her when his father passed out while working on his pickup truck Monday afternoon and asked to be picked up.
When questioned by officers, the boy said his father "does things at night, and sleeps all day and won't wake up," and is left alone during the day, according to the police report.
Police said they also found a white, powdery substance in Riggs' pocket while they were at his home. According to the police report, Riggs was also staggering, his speech was slurred and his eyes were red and watery.
Riggs was ordered held on $50,000 bond and is scheduled to be back in court Aug. 18.