PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Delaware state police have charged a 40-year-old Newark man with child endangerment after he is alleged to have left his four-month old son alone in the family car while he did some shopping at a local department store.

Delaware state police allege the incident took place on Saturday at a Sears outlet store along Eagle Run Road in Newark.

Troopers were tipped of the incident around 6:30 p.m. Upon arrival, they found the infant inside the locked car by himself and the car’s engine had been left operating.

Troopers stood by and close to 25 minutes later the father showed up at the car. William Moultrie told the officers that he returned an item and thought the process would take only about five minutes.

The father was charged with child endangerment, arraigned, and released on $200 bail. Meanwhile, his infant son was turned over to a relative.

Reported By Al Novack, KYW Newsradio

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