Man faces child endangerment charges after leaving son in hot car

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a man who is accused of child endangerment after leaving his three-year-old in a hot car for an hour, according to the affidavit.

Austin Police received a call Oct. 26 at 3:20 p.m. that a child had been abandoned in a red pickup truck. The affidavit states, 34-year-old Eduin Salmeron left his son in the car when he arrived to work at the Renaissance Hotel at 2:30 p.m.

Austin Firefighters arrived at the scene around 3:33 p.m. AFD said the truck’s hood was cool, meaning it had been idle for a while.

The boy immediately burst into tears as firefighters removed him from the hot car, says the affidavit. Police reported that the boy’s hat, sweat shirt, jeans, and socks were soaked in sweat.

Investigating police determined the outside temperature that day was 79 degrees making it 102 degrees inside the truck. The temperature rose to 120 degrees once AFD closed the door to check the heat inside the sealed vehicle.

Salmeron told police a babysitter was expected to get off work at 4. During police questioning, Salmeron admitted the babysitter had warned him not to leave his son in the car, and that he hadn’t checked on him since he went into work that day.

Once arrested, Salmeron faces a second degree felony and a $7,500 bond.

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