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Charges Dropped Against Dad Who Left Kids at Scott Park to Shower

Scott police decided to withdraw the child endangerment charges after he agreed to take several weeks of parenting classes.

Authorities have dropped child endangerment charges against the Scott Township father .

and the Allegheny County district attorney’s office decided to withdraw the two counts against 38-year-old Govindaraj Narayanasamy after he agreed to take several weeks of parenting classes.

Scott police Chief Jim Secreet said while Narayanasamy took the courses. The charges were eventually dropped before his Aug. 9 preliminary hearings before District Judge Gary Zyra after Narayanasamy completed the class.

“It’s not something where you want him to go to jail,” Secreet said. “But you just want to get them on the right track. He went to parenting classes and hopefully he learned something from that.”

Police said he left the 6-year-old girl and 9-year-old boy alone in Scott Park for nearly two hours on April 7 while he shopped at and later showered at .

The child endangerment charges after a group called Free Range Kids linked to the story and several members criticized the police officer’s decision to file charges.

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Lori Cereteg August 16, 2012 at 10:30 PM
I don't understand. I'm in my 40's, and when I was that age it was perfectly normal for kids of that age to be able to play in a park unsupervised for a couple hours (and walk to/from school, go to the store, and do lots of other things capably). The DoJ statistics show that it's safer now (crime wise) than when we were kids. Why is it not ok now, why must kids be treated as invalids, and why must parents who allow their kids to be competent and confident be treated as criminals or in need of parenting classes? It's the attitude of the authorities in this matter that is training our kids to be incompetent. When they grow up, they're going to get their lunch eaten by people in other countries that allowed their kids to learn self-reliance and responsibility early.
Lexi Caselli August 19, 2012 at 08:42 PM
I'm thrilled that the charges were dropped but...parenting classes, really? How about a class for police officers and the woman who reported the father--a class to educate them about truly neglected children, e.g. child prostitutes, physically and sexually abused children, etc., not children that were left at the park by their father so that they could PLAY. How humiliating for the father to be forced to take classes to "get him on the right track", when he was not off track to begin with--at least not as reported in the story. There was no mention of any other neglect or abuse by the father reported in the original story, so unless some details are missing, this father seems guilty of absolutely nothing.
ella August 22, 2012 at 01:02 PM
I definitely agree with both Lexi and Lori--this seems like something that I grew up doing all the time. However, if the kids weren't within walking distance of home, then they were effectively stranded. If they did live nearby enough to walk safely home, then this charge is completely ridiculous and I feel bad for the humiliated father.
Mike Jones (Editor) August 22, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Ella... I'm not sure if you're from the area, but the family lived in an apartment about two miles away. The only way to get there is by a four-lane road with no sidewalk. I'm sure some will debate whether this is far or not.
ella August 24, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Ah, thanks for the info, Mike. I am from Scott Township but I guess I had assumed the family lived on Lindsay Road or somewhere close to the park. If those children were expected to walk for miles along Greentree Road to get home in an emergency, then that is really unacceptable.

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