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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police have arrested a Louisville father after he allegedly left his 13-month-old alone in a car while while he went inside a store to buy cigarettes.
According to an arrest report, police say they were sent to the Walgreen's on Baxter Avenue, near the intersection of Bardstown Rd., Sunday night, on a report of a 13-month-old left alone in a vehicle. Police say a woman told them she saw the child alone in the car, and went inside the store to ask the people inside if the vehicle was theirs, but no one knew whose it was. According to the arrest report, that woman reached into the open window and unlocked the car, getting the infant out to make sure he was okay.
Police say the woman was holding the infant when the boy's father -- 46-year-old Michael Oppedahl -- came out of the store, got into his car and was about to drive off without the boy.
That's when, police say, the woman stopped him and asked if it was his child. Police say Oppedahl replied that it was.
According to the arrest report, Oppedahl had left the boy alone in the vehicle for 20 minutes while he went inside Walgreen's to purchase cigarettes.
The child was uninjured and was released to his mother.
Oppedahl was arrested, after police say they determined that several bench warrants had been issued against him, and they did not believe he would show up for court if he was given a summons. He was charged with a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a minor.