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Police Say Dad Left Kids at Park To Shower

Police say a father left his two young children alone at Scott Park for nearly two hours Saturday to shower at LA Fitness.

Police say a father left his two children alone at Scott Park while shopping at and showering at .

Govindaraj Narayanasamy, 38, of Scott, was charged with two counts of child endangerment after township police said he left the 6-year-old girl and 9-year-old boy alone in the park for nearly two hours Saturday.

Officers were called to Scott Park at around 12:30 p.m. Saturday from a person who noticed the two children playing on the swings and slides alone without a guardian. The woman told police she had been keeping an eye on them for an hour because she knew the girl and became concerned.

Police officers were able to get Narayanasamy’s phone number and called him as he was driving back to the park. He arrived shortly after 1 p.m. and told officers he left the children only briefly while going to shop for snacks at Walmart in Raceway Plaza and shower at the LA Fitness in Great Southern Shopping Center.

Narayanasamy estimated he had only been gone for about 45 minutes, but the investigation revealed that he likely left the kids alone for nearly two hours, according to court records.

Police said Narayanasamy told officers he went to LA Fitness to shower after playing tennis at the park.

The county's Office of Children, Youth and Families is also investigating the incident.

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Mike Jones (Editor) April 20, 2012 at 12:35 AM
@Laurie... The police said that the father checked into the gym at noon and didn't return until 1:02 p.m. So that's about an hour. He also told them that he went to Walmart to buy snacks, but the Easter weekend made it impossible to get around the store, so he didn't buy anything and left. The traffic also was apparently barbaric trying to turn out of Raceway Plaza, so that added another 20 minutes trying to get out of the parking lot. It also takes about 10 minutes to drive each way from Scott Park to LA Fitness, so putting all the time together, the two hour figure is probably pretty close to accurate.
Patricia April 20, 2012 at 12:48 AM
These free range nut jobs keep saying how the world is a safer place for kids and how kidnappings from strangers has gone so far down well don't they stop to think maybe it has been going down because parents are keeping a closer eye on their children? It's like saying fewer kids are getting lead poisoning so let's start paining out houses with lead paint again. You never hear about the 6 year old that went missing walking home to school with their parent. The sickos are still out in the world in higher numbers if you ask me and when you let your kids alone in a public setting you are giving those sickos a chance you pick your kid.
Dudley Escobar April 20, 2012 at 03:20 PM
When I was 6-9 I went to a park two blocks away from my house, on my bike, alone, all of the time. And get this...the park was filled with kids, and NONE of their parents were there. People need to mind their own business.
Dudley Escobar April 20, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Really, Caring Parent. Did you miss that part of the article? Please feel free to "care" for your own children and leave other people alone. Not everyone thinks it's stupid to instill a sense of independence into their children.
Bill Sine April 21, 2012 at 05:24 AM
Anyone that thinks a 9 yr old can take care of a 6 yr old has the mentality of a 5 yr old. And anyone that thinks kids that age could defend themselves against a pedophile probably don't even know what a pedophile is. Anyone that even tries to defend the actions of this father has no grip on reality. And I believe that anyone that compares today's world with the world 20, 30 or 40 years ago are seriously off their meds.
Mathew Neill April 21, 2012 at 08:25 AM
Thank you, Dudley. I used to bike 1 1/2 miles every day by myself to the local play ground after school when I was 9 years old (I live in a more rural area) to meet up with friends. My parents always told me before I left: Don't talk to anyone you don't know, don't get in anyone's car, and if someone tries to grab you run. Children are perfectly capable of managing themselves for an hour or two, and it builds both independence and character. Our society has become over-paranoid and wrongfully fearful. Pedophiles have always existed. It's not like there has suddenly been a pandemic over the last few years.
Beth April 23, 2012 at 11:51 AM
@Bill, I must have missed the part in this article that mentioned the pedophile that was right there at that park. Gotta go back and re-read.
Mike Jones (Editor) April 23, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Speaking of bullying, has anyone seen the new "Bully" movie? If so, what did you think?
astounded April 24, 2012 at 06:44 AM
The 6 year old was not alone.... he was with the 9 year old sibling! What we have here is a serious cultural problem that overprotects, overreacts, under educates, under-estimates... and doesn't actually understand children, development, parenting or responsibility at all! Children are not pets... they are people, who's fundamental sense of self is pretty well established by the time they reach between ages 5-7. If you raise them to think for themselves, and to have a sense of responsibility, then between 7-9 they are pretty well able to manage themselves, and look out for a slightly younger one. For all of history, mothers have actually relied on this developmental fact as the only way they were able to have so many kids! The cultural mindset of treating children like infants until they're of driving age is sickening, and the reason for the decline of skills, values, responibility, etc... Think about it... how can a kid develop real life coping, decision making, and self worth, If they're not given a chance to feel empowered and make decisions until they're past the key development cycle? This father didn't do anything wrong... In most cultures, and in most of our own childhoods not that long ago... this was totally normal, accepted, not even thought twice about. What happened???
astounded April 24, 2012 at 06:50 AM
A parents job is to raise a person who can think for themselves, have a sense of independence and good judgement. Those traits are established before a child is 7. If you've done your job right as a parent, you won't have to worry about them playing alone in a park for 2 hours. The only reason so many people wig out over this, is because of not understanding child development, under-estimating young people, and over-estimating 'adults' ability to handle things better than a 9 year old. Sadly, not the case. Just adult ego over education.
George Applegate May 04, 2012 at 01:35 PM
This is receiving national attention and deservedly so. The fact that so many people defend the nanny state here is very disappointing. We have been so conditioned to distrust each other and even ourselves that we look to the state apparatus for parenting. Shameful.
john May 06, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I don't have kids, so I can only go by how I was raised in the 70's & 80's. We would walk or ride or bikes to the 7-11 (about 1 1/2 miles from home almost daily). Our rule was, "let me know where you'll be, be home in time for dinner/lunch, don't go anywhere with adults you don't know, and don't get in trouble". Hell, the baseball field was almost a mile a way and we played EVERY day all summer from the time I was eight until I was twelve. I'm not talking Little League either, just kids. (My best friend and his brother were crazy about baseball) It would have been very uncomfortable and weird if our moms had insisted on coming along. Did I miss something? Did kids become weak and needy in the last twenty five years? Whether you want to believe it or not, crime is way lower now than its been in a long, long time. Certainly lower than when I grew up. But, it seems people are more afraid of the bogeyman than they used to be.
Leonard Wood May 14, 2012 at 09:39 PM
When I was that age I was all over the place by myself. This is just sillyness.
monkeysee June 02, 2012 at 11:38 PM
umm i dont know how i ended up on this page or why i read the comments . but i am so disturbed . as a mother who's ex left her seven and and 5 year old in car outside a store for fifteen minutes and you know what happened? the got hit . the air bag deployed and my 7 year old was killed nearly decapitated in front of his sister. most of the crap on here is ignorance . what happened when you were a kid is irrelevant . expecting other adults to step up when the childrens very parents have a low standard is ridiculous. there are plenty of ways to allow your children to play free while not leaving them with their parents as resources. the amount of excuse making and "the are fine" crap is infuriating . and everyone who found that woman creepy is a hypocrite . maybe she did not want to call the police maybe she struggled with it.in the end she cared more than their father did
Patti June 03, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I wouldn't be surprised if it was someone from my neighborhood. It's full of busybodies and helicopter parents.
Kathy June 23, 2012 at 02:26 PM
What does a pedophile look like Beth? They don't exactly wear a sign advertising it. That is why parents have to always be cautious when it comes to their kids and not take chances. I grew up when it was safe to do this too but our world has changed! Sad but true. BTW my grandaughter attends a supervised rec program at Scott park and though I think it is a great place I would NEVER leave her there alone and she is 11!
Mike Jones (Editor) August 16, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Scott Township police withdrew the child endangerment charges against Govindaraj Narayanasamy after he agreed to take several weeks of parenting classes. Here’s the update… http://chartiersvalley.patch.com/articles/charges-dropped-against-dad-who-left-kids-at-scott-park-to-shower
alan p August 17, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Its nice the charges were dropped, now how about the world i grew up in where they never would have been filed.that's not idealistic.thats how it used to be in the 70's 80's.He was 9.should he be able to play in the park.what about walking to school.what a stupid arrest.I wouldnt play with my parents by the time i was 9. stupid people for arguing that.stupid debate.wake up
Steven Roberts August 17, 2012 at 03:37 AM
when I was 5 my brother who was 9 along with 3 or 4 other kids would take off for the whole day going to the park, and swimming & no one would ever think to call the damn cops.... this is utterly ridiculous. & it wasn't strangers that would molest you it was someone who was close to you like a priest, uncle, next door neighbor.... & I used to walk home from school every day from 6 till I was 9 all by my self I am so glad the charges were dropped...
Ellen Papuga August 24, 2012 at 02:26 AM
The kids did not walk to the park or ride their bikes. They were dropped off there by their father. The apartment building they live in is 2 miles away. If the kids even knew how to get home, they would have to walk along a busy 4 lane road with no side walks to get there. There was nothing ok about this situation. Anything could have happened. What if the dad was in an accident along the way. Did he let anyone else know where the kids were? We don't know, but this was just way over -the-top poor judgement.
Ellen Papuga August 24, 2012 at 02:30 AM
right on mary!
Steven Roberts August 25, 2012 at 02:04 AM
@Ellen Papuga YOU KNOW WHAT! I walked home from school & we lived a lennox ca. my school was over 3 miles away, I was in the 4th grade on the way home on Fridays I stopped at the park (wreck center) until 3 pm... it doesn't matter if the park was 2 miles way.. we live in this media driven OMG all of our children are going to get rapped or kidnapped or molested blah blah blah BS!!! nothing has changed in fact there has never been a safer time to live in than at this point in time.. Do some research before you start typing garbage... people like you are just so ignorant of the facts.
Mike Jones (Editor) August 25, 2012 at 02:13 PM
@Steven... I'm 29 years old and wouldn't walk on Greentree Road. I don't have a death wish. I'd like to live to see 30.
Ellen Papuga August 26, 2012 at 05:49 AM
Steven, there is no need to get so hostile! Did you or any other of the people who are condoning this behavior ever consider that this type of crime is down because people have become more vigilant? I will NOT apologize or do I feel the need to defend common sense. I can see by the tone and the lame arguments from you and the other people on here that there is little chance that any of you are going to see the light on this issue. I guess the only thing we can do is pray for your children. I'm done wasting my time here!
Steven Roberts August 28, 2012 at 09:13 AM
@ Mike Jones look dude my kids take off all day to the pool, to the park, the market, are you kidding me? I keep em away from Churches, and other areas where Pedo's might be.... you people watch way too much Nancy Grace... get a freakin grip! people!
Janet Forton August 28, 2012 at 11:24 AM
@ Steven Roberts: Who gives a rats tush about fear mongering “talking heads”? Yes, the odds of any of our kids being attacked by pedophiles is slim to none. The odds of them getting hurt is slim to none. But one thing is for sure: There are a lot of mean & vile people out there. Today, you are leading the pack. I am 100% sure you are not someone that I would want my kids to turn to if they needed help with anything. You seem to be VERY F*****g POed at the world. Please, go take your meds, or learn to mediate or something.
Ellen Papuga August 28, 2012 at 12:08 PM
In my opinion, you need help. I suggest an anger management class.
Mike Jones (Editor) August 28, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Janet and Ellen... I've deleted his comment. I don't need that trash on this website. And I don't watch Nancy Grace.
fc August 28, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Dear Mr. Steven Roberts....Please reread your comments....perhaps you will realize who the "ignorant" people are (is) and if you are so smart and an expert in everything, you just might want to invest in a dictionary, spell check, grammar check and as the others have pointed out, anger management/meditation....This day and age is a 180 from the 50's, 60's, 70's and even 80's....You must also remember that these two children were TWO children left alone...not like you and "your brother and 3 or 4 other kids." That was your neighborhood park..not a park that is 3 miles away on a 4-lane road that even cars have trouble merging onto at times. But quite frankly, I think it is time to put this whole debate to rest....these 2 kids will be adults before the comments end here...and ummmmmm, Mr. Roberts, even the man in the center of this has admitted that he made a poor judgement call here...so have a chat with Govindaraj Narayanasamy and learn a thing or two. Have a nice day!
Mike Jones (Editor) August 28, 2012 at 09:48 PM
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