Man charged with child endangerment now suspect in homicide case

Irwin Pentland (Austin Police Department)
Irwin Pentland (Austin Police Department)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The man who picked up a two-year-old without authorization from a local daycare is now considered a suspect in the toddler’s grandfather’s death.

The Austin Police Department have identified Irwin Pentland as a suspect in the death of 75-year-old Phillip Liberty.

Phillip Liberty - DPS license photo
Phillip Liberty – DPS license photo

Inconsistencies in Pentland’s statements to police have pinned him as a suspect, but APD said they are not at the point of filing charges. They are still trying determine the time that the homicide occurred.

Pentland has been charged with the second degree felony of “abandoning or endangering a child.” Police said he picked Liberty’s grandchild from the St. Louis Early Childhood Development Center and left him unsupervised at his mother’s home for hours on end.

Liberty was the primary caregiver of the child. Police said it’s unknown if Liberty was alive when Pentland picked up the child.

Police said that Pentland and Liberty had known each other a long time. Police suggested it was a business arrangement but did not have the specifics to elaborate. They also said there is nothing to indicate any animosity between the two of them.

Police said Pentland is currently on probation for aggravated robbery.

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