Thursday, February 25, 2010

Babysitting dad charged with felony child neglect for pushing 4-year-old son in stroller while drunk (Charleston, West Virginia)

Seems like babysitting daddy RICHARD LEE CRADDOCK needed some more brews if he was going to get through his day, so he plopped Junior in his baby stroller and walked him down to the Go-Mart for more beer. He seemed a tad bit intoxicated, so authorities caught up with him walking (or weaving) down the highway later on. He's been charged with felony neglect.

Wednesday February 24, 2010
Police say man was drunk when he was pushing son in stroller
by From staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A South Charleston man is charged with putting his child in danger by walking him in a baby stroller along a busy roadway while under the influence of alcohol.

Kanawha Deputy J.R. Hatfield was dispatched to the Go-Mart convenience store in Jefferson Sunday when concerned store clerks called police after a man purchased beer in the store with a small child in tow, deputies said.

Witnesses at the store told Hatfield the man, later identified as Richard Lee Craddock, 30, of Kentucky Street, left pushing a baby stroller carrying his 4-year-old son eastbound along U.S. 60, according to a complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court.

Craddock was spotted pushing the stroller on the north side of the roadway. As the deputy got closer, the man crossed the five-lane road to the south side with the stroller and the child inside, the complaint said.

Deputies stopped the man and questioned him, the complaint said. A preliminary breath test showed Craddock's blood-alcohol level to be .167, twice the legal limit, according to the complaint.

Deputies could not comment on where the child has been placed.

Craddock was charged with felony child neglect creating the risk of injury and is being held at South Central Regional Jail.