Sunday, June 27, 2010

Neglect Charges Pending Against Cookeville Father

A father in Cookeville will be in court next month on child neglect charges after police said he locked his 16-month-old in a hot car. Someone called police after seeing the boy locked in the car alone at a Walmart store. Police said 22-year-old John Teague, the father, told them he had gone into the store for a few seconds to get a drink. The officer put the child in a patrol car to cool off. The temperature outside at the time was 94 degrees, officers said. The Department of Children's Services released the boy to his mother. Police say it is a crime under Tennessee law to leave any child unattended in a vehicle.