Charleston Police Officer Accused of Leaving Kids in Hot Car

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KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) – A Charleston Police Officer has been accused of leaving his two young sons in a hot car in a parking lot.

According to the criminal complaint, Daniel Goffreda, 32, of Poca, WV, has been charged with two counts of Child Neglect Creating Risk of Injury.

The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office says Goffreda drove to a Kroger in the Cross Lanes area on Sunday, Agust 26th, 2018 with his 2-year-old and 5-year-old sons in the car.

Once there, Goffreda, parked towards the rear of the lot, left the children strapped in their car seats, rolled up the windows, turned the car, and secured all four doors.

KCSO says Goffreda then went into the Kroger for around 25 minutes.

When deputies arrived, they say it was around 84F with 67% humidity, and they saw the two children “sweating profusely” in their car seats.

A Kanawha County deputy says he tried to tell the older child to open the car door, but the kid appeared to mouth back “I don’t know how.”

According to deputies, the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority arrived and a deputy then knocked out the front passenger window of the car. Medical staff then removed the children from the car and moved them to the ambulance.

Deputies say both kids were dressed in t-shirts, shorts, and tennis shoes, and the 5-year-old’s clothes were wet to the touch from sweat.

The Charleston Police Department says Goffreda has been put on paid administrative leave while they conduct an investigation.

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