How could parents even think to do this?!
Brent and Brianna Daley (pictured above) have been arrested after allegedly leaving their two-year-old son home alone for about 90 minutes.
And apparently they were just driving around the Phoenix area playing Pok├â┬⌐mon Go!
The incident, which took place on Thursday in San Tan Valley, a suburb of Phoenix, came to light when a neighbor noticed the toddler wandering around outside the family’s home, trying to get back inside.
The neighbor immediately called police, who came over to check on the child’s welfare. They found him screaming and crying, trying to get back in the house in nearly 100-degree heat while wearing only a diaper and a t-shirt.
It turns out the front door was unlocked, so at least they were able to get the child inside. But cops waited at the home for more than an hour (!!) with the boy, and even called Brent’s phone to determine his whereabouts.
Shockingly, when the cops reached Brent, his reaction to their presence was as simple as it was offensive:
And then he hung up the phone.
When the couple finally returned home, they were promptly arrested for child endangerment and child neglect.
Even though the pair initially claimed they were just going out to fill their car with gas, they finally came clean: they had been catching Pok├â┬⌐mon Go critters in local parks and other spots for nearly two hours.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeau was less than pleased with the parents, saying in a released statement:
“Our agency and many other law enforcement agencies have been warning people about personal safety while playing this interactive Smartphone game but we never could have imagined that parents would abandon a child to play Pok├â┬⌐mon Go. The deputies found the child locked out of his home in 96 degree weather with no water.”
Fortunately for the boy, he is now in the custody of the Department of Children’s Services as his parents no doubt face the consequences of their ridiculous actions.
That poor kid — and all for some Pok├â┬⌐mon Go time?! If they were driving around anyways, couldn’t they have just taken the child with them??
[Image via Pinal County Sheriff.]