First Alert Weather Alert: Flood Warning expires at 8:00 PM on 4/28, issued at 10:03 AM Bryceville, FL | Callahan, FL | Fernandina Beach, FL | Glen Saint Mary, FL

FHP: Infant left in car at Waterford Lakes while parents shopped

Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Updated: 11/29/2013 12:38 pm
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WFTV) — A man was arrested after a 2-month-old infant was left alone in a car Thanksgiving night outside a Best Buy, troopers said. 

A trooper noticed the infant at the Best Buy in Waterford Lakes Thursday evening.

The trooper saw the child was asleep in a car seat in the back seat and the car was locked.

The trooper went to shoppers in line and made an announcement to try to find the owner of the car.

About 10 minutes later, when no one came forward, the trooper broke the window and got the infant boy out.

The boy seemed lethargic and paramedics were called, according to a release.

A short time later, 34-year-old Haider Hassan Khudhair Darwash came back to the car and said he was the father.

He said he thought his wife had the baby, according to troopers.

The wife was found standing in line at a business in the Waterford Lakes Town Center.

The father was arrested for felony child neglect. The Florida Department of Children and Families was called. The child was unharmed.

Darwash, who was booked into the Orange County Jail, bonded out early Friday morning.
4 Comment(s)
Comments: Show | Hide

Here are the most recent story comments.View All

The views expressed here do not necessarily represent those of Action News Jacksonville

nativejax - 11/30/2013 9:35 AM
0 Votes
My guess is the husband thought she took the child with her, and he went in to search for them...He should have texted her he was coming in so maybe she could 'remind' him their child was sleeping in the back and to bring a bottle or something???.Anyway a text may have saved this child from danger and he would not be in jail .Clear C O M M U N I C A T I O N is the key to any relationship.

Fred Thompson - 11/30/2013 12:33 AM
2 Votes
Half the people in this nation are NOT parent material.

Arianne1115 - 11/29/2013 7:47 PM
0 Votes
If the father thought the child was with the mother and the mother was also found shopping why was she not arrested as well???

nativejax - 11/29/2013 2:03 PM
1 Vote
This could have been an horrible mistake, but it still is no excuse to leave the greatest Christmas gift God gives us out in a car in near freezing temperatures. Hope the child is okay.
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
Mobile advertising for this site is available on Local Ad Buy.