Mother, stepfather charged after toddler found in locked car

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The mother and stepfather of a toddler found unresponsive inside a locked vehicle in Homewood early this morning have been charged with leaving the child unattended while they went to a bar.

The car was parked outside Lounge 7101 2nd Time Around on Frankstown Avenue.

Pittsburgh police said that around 12:45 a.m. someone at the bar called them to report a 2-year-old boy was left in the red Nissan Altima.

City public safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said police arrived to find the child slumped, sweating and unresponsive in a car seat in the back seat. The windows were cracked but the temperature outside was about 80 degrees with 70 percent humidity, she said.

Police wrote in a criminal complaint that the child's mother, Terri Hymes, 30, of Homewood, stumbled out of the bar smelling like alcohol and attempted to get into the driver's seat of the car.

They wrote that Archie Howard, 27, of Garfield, identified himself as the boy's stepfather and tried to push through officers as they dealt with Ms. Hymes, at one point screaming and yelling.

Both Ms. Hymes and Mr. Howard are charged with endangering the welfare of a child, recklessly endangering another person, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

The toddler was taken to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and is expected to be fine. He is in the custody of Allegheny County’s Office of Children, Youth and Families. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 9.

First Published July 2, 2014 12:00 AM


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