Deputies: Baby left in car while dad shopped for bread

Thomas Johnson, Jr. booked on child endangerment charge in Montgomery County. (Photo/Montgomery County Jail)
Thomas Johnson, Jr. booked on child endangerment charge in Montgomery County. (Photo/Montgomery County Jail)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Dayton man is accused of leaving his infant son in the car while he went shopping for a loaf of bread.

Montgomery County Sheriff deputies responded to a woman’s 911 call at the Kroger store in the 3500 block of West Siebenthaler Avenue Monday afternoon.

She told officers she saw the sleeping infant in his car seat inside a parked car in the lot.

She said all windows, but one were wide open. The baby was alone.

Officers questioned Thomas Johnson, Jr. who said he ran into the store to pick up some bread and meant no harm. Deputies say he was visibly upset while being questioned.

Deputies determined he was inside the store for 11 minutes based on surveillance video.

The baby’s mother was called to pick up the child.

Johnson was booked on a misdemeanor charge of child endangering.

The baby is said to be 2-months old. Officer say he appeared hungry, but healthy.

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