An upstate New York man has been hit with child endangerment charges after his car was stolen with his sleeping 6-year-old son inside.
Phillip Owens, 26, of Irondequoit, told police he had left his son in the unlocked car with the engine running Saturday night while making a pit stop at a Rochester convenience store, WROC TV-8 reported.
While he was buying a drink at around 10:30 p.m., someone drove off with his car, Owens told police.
Police used Owens’ cell phone signal to locate the vehicle a half-hour later and found the boy still sleeping inside.
Owens is set to appear in court Feb. 28 to face a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle newspaper reported.
No one has been arrested for the car theft.