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WARREN Parents face charges after leaving kids in van



Published: Thu, August 2, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



The three children were left in the parked vehicle for about an hour in the heat, deputies say.

By PEGGY SINKOVICH

VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF

WARREN -- The heat caught up with a city couple after they left their small children in a parked van in front of the Trumbull County administration building on a day in which the mercury soared to 90 degrees.

Bridget E. Barger, 21, and her husband, William, 27, of Hartman Avenue, were cited Wednesday on charges of child endangering. Deputies say the couple left the three children in the parked van for about an hour.

"It was 87 degrees, and the children were in the van with the windows rolled up," said Deputy Roosevelt Hill. "The children were crying and sweaty."

The two are scheduled to appear in municipal court at 9 a.m. Aug. 6.

Call: Hill said employees at the county administration building called him about 12:15 p.m., saying the children had been sitting in the van unsupervised since 11:30.

A county employee found the parents in the title office and advised them to go to the van.

"I asked who was driving, and Mr. Barger said he was driving the van," Hill said. "I asked Mr. Barger for his identification and found out that his driver's license had been suspended."

The license plate on the vehicle also was expired.

William Barger faces a charge of driving under suspension.

Danger: "I hope parents will read this and think twice before leaving their children in a locked car in this heat," said Sheriff Thomas Altiere. "It's very dangerous to leave children unsupervised in a car, let alone when it's very hot outside. I'm just happy that the children didn't get hurt or sick."

The van was towed. Altiere said the children services department was notified.




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