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Two undercover police were staking out a house that they suspected to be a hub of drug activity when they noticed that a young boy, about 3 years old, was sitting in the backseat of a parked car. Although the windows were rolled down, the 100+ degree heat means that the child easily could have been harmed by the heat.
Instead of helping the boy themselves, the officers called for other officers who were not in plain clothes to help. Their decision to do this was based on the fact that the boy appeared ok, and that they thought their undercover presence would cause more harm than good. Child advocates, however, say differently. Leaving a child in a hot car is dangerous, even if the windows are down. The child could have suffered brain damage or been killed. The uniformed officers and an ambulance arrived to treat the boy, who did not require hospitalization. A relative took care of him after that.
The father, James Timothy Greene, drove away shortly therafter and was pulled over by police. According to police reports, when he got out of the car, what appeared to be a crack-cocaine pipe fell out, and Greene stepped on it. He was arrested on child endangerment charges and is being held for $5,000 bail. Child Protective Services were also called.