An Evansville man left his 14-month-old son with a family member who said they “knew nothing about taking care of a baby” this weekend, on his way to a Southeast Side house where police were soon called to break up a fight, Evansville Police said.
In addition to threatening to kill a family member at the house, 35-year-old Adam Lee Hurst also threatened the cop taking him to the Vanderburgh County Jail, police said.
According to a probable cause affidavit, police were called to the 1600 block of Eastwood Avenue about 7:45 p.m. Saturday to separate men having an argument. Two children hiding next to a neighboring house pointed the officers to Hurst and the family member he was arguing with in front of the other man’s house.
That man told police Hurst came to his house to get a playpen, then threatened to beat him up and kill him.
Police eventually determined the baby was at a house on Cass Avenue, where Hurst allegedly dropped him off with another family member and said he would be back in a few minutes. The family member said they had no formula or diapers in the house and had seen the baby “once or twice in the last year,” according to the affidavit.
It is not clear from the affidavit whether or not the Department of Child Services or another family member was called to take care of the baby after police found him.
Hurst allegedly told police he was drunk, which he later denied. He also denied threatening the man at Eastwood Avenue. Hurst said he took the baby and a spare diaper on a bus to the Cass Avenue house and left the 14-month-old there for a few minutes.
Evansville police arrested Hurst on preliminary charges of child neglect, intimidation, disorderly conduct, public intoxication and resisting law enforcement. He was booked into the county jail at 9:40 p.m. Saturday.
Hurst has not been formally charged but does have an initial hearing scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday in Vanderburgh County Superior Court 3. His bond was set at $7,000 cash.