Roane County father charged with leaving 1-year-old child in car

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A Harriman father has been charged with leaving his one-year-old child in a car in the parking lot of a Walmart.

Jonathan Martinez, 19, was arrested last Wednesday at the Walmart in Rockwood on a charge of child abuse and neglect. Court paperwork says witnesses called police after seeing the child sleeping in a car seat with no one around. An officer called to the scene found the keys were in the ignition and the car was running.

According to witness statements and the time it took to respond to the call, the officer said the child had been left in the car for more than 20 minutes while Martinez was in the store.

The child’s mother was called to the scene to take custody.

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