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POLICE: Man left son in hot car as "punishment"

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say a Louisville man punished his 5-year-old child by locking him in a hot car with the windows rolled up for nearly an hour.

According to an arrest report, it happened around 5:30 Tuesday afternoon. That's when police say officers were stopped near the Baptist East Hospital on Kresge Way by witnesses concerned about a child that was in a parked car. Police say the temperature was 95 degrees, and the heat index was near 100.

Officers say after they found a 5-year-old child inside the father, 49-year-old Richard Gramlich, told officers the child was inside the car with the windows up because he was "punishing" him for not wearing his seatbelt.

Officers also say the father claimed the child had "been in there for approximately 45 minutes with no air."

The child was sweating profusely and hot to the touch, police say, and was taken to the hospital.

Gramlich was arrested Sept. 10, and charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and wanton endangerment.

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