EVANSVILLE, Ind. — An Evansville man was arrested after his 3-year-old daughter was found unaccompanied near the side of the road.
An officer was called to the intersection of Garvin and Oregon streets around 1:15 p.m. on March 2 for a report of a found child, according to a probable cause affidavit from the Evansville Police Department.
A man said he was driving north on Garvin when he saw the small child alone near the road. The man told police he stopped because he was afraid the girl would walk into the street and get hit.
He was unable to locate her parents so he called 911. More officers responded after the girl’s parents couldn’t be found.
Shortly after 1:30 p.m., her father, 35-year-old Charles Frazier, showed up.
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Frazier reportedly told police he put the girl down for a nap before he went to a nearby store to use its wireless Internet. He said he was trying to find a babysitter for her since he had to go to work that night.
He allegedly left the door unlocked when he and his girlfriend left the apartment with the child inside.
He had moved into the unit that same day, police said, and there was no furniture and very little food.
The man said he received custody of the child, whom police said lacked verbal communication skills, about two years ago. She reportedly was not seeing a primary care physician.
Frazier agreed to a drug test and results came back positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine.
The Indiana Department of Child Services was notified, and a caseworker decided to remove the girl from the home.
A warrant was issued for Frazier’s arrest on Tuesday. He was booked into Vanderburgh County’s jail around 10:30 p.m. the following day on two preliminary charges of child neglect. He’s being held on a $1,000 bond.