An Arizona couple were arrested on Thursday, July 28, after they left their 2-year-old son home alone for up to 90 minutes while they drove around playing Pokémon Go.
According to a statement released by the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, Brent Daley and Brianna Daley are facing charges of child endangerment and child neglect.
A neighbor noticed the toddler wandering around outside the family residence in San Tan Valley, a Phoenix suburb, and immediately alerted the police. When authorities arrived, the little boy was screaming and crying and attempting to get back into the house. Per the the police report obtained by Us Weekly, he was sweaty, dirty and wearing only a Mickey Mouse-print diaper and a green T-shirt.
Once inside the home — which was unlocked — deputies contacted the father, who reportedly said, ‘Whatever,’ and hung up the phone, according to the statement.
After authorities had been on the scene for nearly an hour, the parents finally showed up. Though Brent, 27, and Brianna, 25, initially told police that they left their son sleeping while they went out to fill their car with gas, they later admitted they were catching Pokémon Go creatures at parks and other local spots.
“Our agency and many other law enforcement agencies have been warning people about personal safety while playing this interactive Smartphone game but we never could have imagined that parents would abandon a child to play Pokemon Go,” Sheriff Paul Babeau said in a statement. “The deputies found the child locked out of his home in 96 degree weather with no water.”
The boy is now in the custody of the Department of Children’s Services.
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