Louisville uncle accused of abandoning toddler in Iroquois Park
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville man was arrested early Sunday morning, after police say he abandoned a toddler at Iroquois Park.
According to an arrest report, witnesses flagged down a Louisville Metro Police officer at the park shortly before 10 p.m., after they said they saw a toddler about 2-3 years of age climb out of a van and begin playing at the Iroquois Park playground unsupervised.
The witnesses said the only other people in the van were an older child and an unconscious, intoxicated adult: 40-year-old Darvin Hernandez.
According to the arrest report, Hernandez eventually woke up and tried to drive away in the van, leaving the toddler behind. Police say when he tried to leave, he discovered that the rear entrance to the park was closed, so he tried to turn around and eventually drove off the road.
He allegedly left the park on foot with the older child--leaving the toddler alone.
Police eventually found Hernandez at his home and arrested him. According to the arrest report, Hernandez is the toddler's uncle. He told officers that he had been driving and wasn't sure where the child was.
The child was taken to Norton Children's Hospital to be treated for bug bites and scratches.
Hernandez was charged with abandonment of a minor. He is currently being held in Louisville Metro Corrections.
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