Louisville dad accused of leaving 1-year-old alone in hot vehicle
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville man was arrested Sunday afternoon after police say he left his 1-year-old son alone in the back of a car while he went inside the Jefferson Mall.
According to an arrest report, the incident took place in the parking lot of Ross for Less, at 4801 Outer Loop, at the mall.
Just after 1 p.m. Sunday, officers were sent to that location after someone reported that a child had been left alone inside a gray Honda Civic at that location, and witnesses were in the process of trying to break the windows of the car.
When officers arrived, the 1-year-old boy was out of the car and in another person's vehicle, with the air-conditioning on.
Police say the child's father, 49-year-old Dzevad Besic, was arguing with the bystanders.
When police confronted Besic, he allegedly told them that his child was asleep in his car when he went inside Ross for Less.
Police say surveillance video indicated that Besic had been inside the store for about five minutes -- and the child had been left in the back seat of the car alone for about seven minutes.
The temperature at the time was between 81 and 83 degrees Fahrenheit.
Police say the back window, "was acting as a magnifier to the sun, which was directly above."
"Officers and emergency workers could feel the heat emanating from inside the vehicle," the arrest report states.
Besic was arrested and charged with first-degree wanton endangerment.
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