Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Dad arrested for child neglect; wandering toddler united with Mom (Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin)


Typically, this kind of case falls into two categories.

1) The babysitting or "stay-at-home" dad who can't/won't get a job--often because of past issues with the criminal justice system, drug/alcohol abuse, or general irresponsbility. Mom is forced to use him as a child care provider because she must work to support the family.

2) The single dad who manages to get custody/visitation rights--despite being a deadbeat, a convicted felon, and a child-neglecting drunk.

Since this happened on a Sunday afternoon, I'm betting on scenario #2. Especially since the mother was not charged. And had she been in the home, she would have been charged as well.


Found Child Reunited With Mother; Father Arrested For Child Neglect

4/30/2013 12:00:00 AM

By Bob Dohr

A toddler found wandering a neighborhood on Sturgeon Bay's east side has been reunited with her mother and the child's father has been arrested on child neglect charges.

Sturgeon Bay police say officers were dispatched to the area of Superior Street Sunday at 12:22 p.m. for a found child. The girl had been found wandering in the neighborhood and neighbors couldn't locate any parents.

Eventually police were alerted to a residence in the neighborhood where a man was lying unresponsive on the porch. Police say the 23-year-old Sturgeon Bay man was intoxicated, had walked to the location and had fallen asleep with his child nearby. Officers arrested him on charges of child neglect and felony bail jumping for violating absolute sobriety requirements of his bond.

Police are thanking neighbors for their assistance in the incident.