Three people face child endangerment charges after said they found a 18-month-old boy wandering unsupervised around the heavily traveled Carothers Avenue.
Sgt. Jeff Skees was driving in a police car when he spotted the young boy standing on a curb along Carothers Avenue in the Glendale neighborhood at around 12:15 p.m. on May 3.
He stopped and tried to talking to the boy before finding 64-year-old Thomas Pointer, who was one of the adults in charge of watching the boy, according to a criminal complaint supporting the charges. The boy and his 8-month-old sister were staying with Pointer and two others at a home in the 400 block of Hill Street.
In addition to Pointer, Gary Schuck, 53, of Scott, and April R. Keach, 47, of Pittsburgh, each were charged with two counts of child endangerment.
Police said the parents of the children asked the three adults to watch the kids the night before while they went out. But police said the babysitters were intoxicated and Schuck, the children’s great uncle, had passed out after a night of drinking. Keach, who was watching the boy play with a neighbor’s child in the backyard, left him to take a shower when he disappeared, police said.
The two children were taken to St. Clair Hospital where doctors said they were in “good health” and later returned to their parents.
Police filed charges against the three adults on May 7.