INDIANAPOLIS – An Indianapolis man faces a neglect charge after police said he left his 3-year-old son inside a car unattended for 30 minutes while he went to smoke pot with some friends.
Police arrested Ronald Albrecht, 33, following the Wednesday morning incident.
Officers were dispatched to Garden City Trailer Park near Rockville Road for a welfare check. According to a report from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, someone called police to say the child had been left alone inside the car for about 30 minutes. Investigators said the boy has been diagnosed with autism.
Police found Albrecht in a nearby mobile home with friends. According to the report, the officer smelled marijuana inside.
When officers encountered Albrecht, he told them in “a nervous manner” that his son had been alone in the car for about five minutes. He then continued to change how long the child had been inside, the report said.
When asked why he’d left his son alone, Albrecht said “he did not want his son to be inside the residence while he was engaged in smoking marijuana,” the report said.
The child was inside what police described as a filthy truck interior. He was not wearing any shoes and officers described his condition as “unkempt,” the report said. The temperature outside was about 28 degrees, police said.
The 3-year-old boy was taken to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, where staff said his diaper was full and his clothes were dirty. The staff also said it appeared that the boy hadn’t eaten a meal, the report said.