A Detroit man has been arrested in Pittsburgh after allegedly leaving five children, who were under his care, in a Pittsburgh hotel unattended.
The 48 year-old man is accused of having left five children in a room at the Comfort Inn hotel in Wilkins Township on Rodi Road. Hotel employees were made aware of the situation when the children, who are between 10 and 13 years old, went to the front desk for help. The oldest of the children, who said that the suspect is her uncle, told authorities that the group traveled to Pittsburgh so that the suspect could sell candy on behalf of a foundation. She also indicated that he told the children that he would not be returning to the hotel until the next day.
Police called the suspect on his cell phone, but were unable to reach him. They then contacted the parents of the children, who were able to reach the suspect on his phone. According to police, the suspect returned to the hotel approximately 3 hours later, and was intoxicated at the time. Police arrested the man, and charged him with endangering the welfare of children.
The children were placed in the care of the Allegheny County Office of Children, where they remain.
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