Apr 5, 2013 9:56 PM
A Boyle County father is behind bars after police say he left his 18-month-old son and 10-year-old stepson in a car unattended while he went to the courthouse. It happened Friday afternoon in a Subway parking lot on North Fourth Street in downtown Danville.
The high temperature in Danville reached 64 degrees Fahrenheit, and during the warmest part of the day, police officers rushed to a car parked in the lot next to Subway. Someone inside called 911 when they saw two boys in the car for more than thirty minutes.
Police found the boys' father, 30-year-old Ray Ruben Clark, in the courthouse across the street. He was there for a traffic issue. Officers arrested Clark and charged him with two counts of Endangering the Welfare of A Minor.
"I just think there can't be kids alone unattended, because you never know what a child might do," said Millie West, who was at the Subway.
We're told at least one window was rolled down, but according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, you should never leave a child unattended in a car no matter what. The website says on an 80 degree day, the temperature inside a car can reach deadly levels in only ten minutes.
After the close call, the ten-year-old's grandfather has temporary custody of him now, and the 18-month-old is in the custody of Social Services as police try to find his mother.
Clark declined our request for an interview from the Boyle County Detention Center.
For more information on the possibility of heat stroke, check out this link: http://www.nhtsa.gov/safety/hyperthermia