Father Accused of Leaving Child in Car While Shopping

By: Anna Baxter, Shannon Houser Email
By: Anna Baxter, Shannon Houser Email

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A father is facing criminal charges after State Police say he left his 4-month-old daughter in the car while he shopped at a pharmacy in Kanawha County.

Joshua Hancock, 29, of Kanawha County, was arrested Wednesday outside the Rite Aid in Quincy.

West Virginia State Police tell WSAZ.com when officers arrived Hanock told them it was too big of a hassle for him to get his child out of the car. He locked the car and took the key fob off so the car couldn't be unlocked.

Troopers say Hancock left the car running for 20 minutes with his daughter inside while he shopped inside the pharmacy. When police got on scene they called a wrecker service to help get the child out.

Troopers say Hancock told them he would rather wait until his insurance company could send someone because it would be cheaper, but police still called a wrecker service that was just across the river and could get there quickly.

Hancock was charged with child neglect.

Troopers say the child could have been hurt or in danger.

Police noticed Child Protective Services.

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