Dad charged with leaving son, 6, in car for an hour while he went to the pub

A FATHER has been arrested and charged after allegedly leaving his six-year-old son locked in a car for more than an hour while he drank at a pub in Sydney’s west.

Police were called to Guildford Road at Guildford just before 11.30am on Friday after a council ranger spotted the young child sitting alone in the front seat of a parked car.

Police allege the child was left unattended in the vehicle for around an hour while the car’s engine and air conditioning were left running.


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Officers removed the boy from the car and commenced an investigation to try and locate his parents.

A short time later, the child’s 32-year-old father was allegedly found inside a nearby hotel.

The man was arrested and taken to Parramatta Police Station where a police check revealed the man’s licence had been cancelled.

He has since been charged with a long list of offences, including leaving a child in a car likely to cause emotional distress, driving with child in the front seat and driving on a cancelled licence.

The 32-year-old will appear in Parramatta Local Court on January 30.

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