SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A 25-year-old originally from Vermont is accused of leaving his two young children inside a car in Southbridge while he was drunkenly passed out inside a nearby apartment.
The Worcester Telegram reports John Metcalf III was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of reckless endangerment of a child.
Southbridge police were called to 402 Main Street late Wednesday afternoon on reports of two children, ages 2 and 4, being left alone and unrestrained in a parked car. Investigators tell the newspaper they arrived to the scene to find vomit on the driver's side door and a key in the on position in the ignition.
A police officer retrieved a wallet from the car that contained Metcalf's Vermont driver's license. The 4-year-old left in the car identified the man in the identification photo as her father and told the officer, "Daddy is sick." A witness told police the children were left in the car for about 40 minutes and that this was not the first time the 25-year-old left his children unattended.
Investigators used a battering ram to break down Metcalf's apartment door and found him passed out wearing only his underwear. He was arrested and his children were placed in the custody of the Department of Children and Families.
Police say Metcalf had a blood alcohol content level of .162 when he was given a breathalyzer at the police station. He was arraigned Thursday. The 25-year-old will be back in court on Sept. 24.
A family member tells the Telegram that Metcalf had sole custody of the children and that their mother lives in Vermont.
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