A Sumter man has been charged with unlawful neglect of a child after he left an infant alone in an unlocked vehicle with the motor running and a window rolled down in 19 degree temperatures.
Dustin Alan Pair, 31, was arrested after the infant was found in a parked vehicle in the parking lot of a gas station in the 3100 block of Highway 15 South by patrons of the store, according to spokesman Braden Bunch.
A customer heard the child crying, took the child out of the care and carried the infant inside the store, Bunch said.
Deputies found the vehicle was unlocked with at least one window rolled down and the keys in the car’s ignition, Bunch said. The temperature outside at the time of the call was approximately 19 degrees.
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Pair returned to the scene after deputies interviewed witnesses and confirmed he had left the child unattended, Bunch said.
The child’s mother was contacted by officers, and the child was turned over to a friend of the mother’s family, Bunch said.
The investigation continues, and more charges and arrests are possible, according to Bunch.