Crime

Dad charged after son found wandering snowy hotel parking lot

Police said the boy had no coat and one shoe

HANOVER TWP., Pa. - A father is facing charges after someone reportedly found his young child wandering a dark, snowy hotel parking lot without a jacket. And hotel staff reported it wasn’t the first time the boy was left unattended.

Pennsylvania State Police charged Frank G. Freeman with a single misdemeanor count of child endangerment following his arrest at the Days Hotel in Hanover Township, Lehigh County. District Judge Ronald Manescu arraigned the 31-year-old later that night, setting bail at $10,000.

State police with the Bethlehem barracks were dispatched to the hotel at 3400 Airport Road shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday to investigate a report of a young boy wandering the snowy parking lot with no parents in sight, according to court records. The responding trooper said the parking lot was dark with about 3 inches of snow on the ground.

A woman cleaning off her car in the parking lot told police that the child ran toward hear crying and asking for mommy and daddy, according to records. The shivering 4-year-old reportedly had no coat, hat or gloves and was wearing only one shoe.

The woman told police that she took the boy to the hotel office after failing to spot his parents anywhere in the parking lot. Hotel staff said they tried to wake up the boy’s father, who was staying in room 225.

A trooper knocked on Freeman’s room door very loudly to no avail. Staff unlocked the door, and the trooper screamed for the boy’s father with no response, according to records.

The trooper said he found Freeman sprawled out on the bed with his head hanging off the side. After Freeman failed to respond several times, the trooper finally shook him to wake him up.

Police said Freeman seemed “dazed and confused,” jittery and couldn’t stand still, and he allegedly had no idea where his son was after waking up. Police said an evaluation determined that Freeman was “impaired,” although court records do not specify what police believe Freeman had taken.

Staff said the hotel was Freeman’s permanent address. The hotel was in the process of evicting him as Wednesday was allegedly not the first time police were called because his child was found unsupervised.

Freeman failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 24.


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