get a babysitter if you want to go to the movies, i know this isnt a death but this kid could of died
Man arrested in movie theater after leaving child in car
July 21st, 2008 @ 3:30pm
By Courtney Orton and Mary Richards
A man anxious to see the new Batman movie missed out on the ending after police arrested him for leaving his child in the car. The 2-year-old boy was found sitting in a car in the parking lot of the theater Saturday night.
It was almost 2:00 in the morning when the child was finally rescued from the car. The temperature inside was 87 degrees, but that wasn't the only threat facing the him.
While 23-year-old David Farnham was enjoying the 11:30 p.m. showing of "The Dark Night" inside an air-conditioned theater at Century 16, his 2-year-old son, Justin, was all alone in a hot car, surrounded by signs that warn patrons to park at their own risk.
South Salt Lake police say Justin had been in the car for more than two hours when other movie goers noticed the child and called for help.
"The child was in the car, sweating profusely and crying," said South Salt Lake police officer Gary Keller. "With the assistance of our fire department, we entered the car and got the child out of the car."
The toddler was dehydrated and thirsty from being locked inside the 87-degree car with the windows rolled up, but he was in relatively good condition.
Police say it could have ended a lot worse. "Especially a 2-year-old; they can dehydrate very, very quickly. You just never want to leave your child in the car ever, ever," Keller said.
Farnham, who has no prior criminal history, missed the last 10 minutes of the movie, and there was a slight interruption for everyone else when officers turned up the lights and arrested him inside the theater. He was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on charges of child abuse and child neglect.
Justin is now with his mother, who shares custody. She told Eyewitness News over the phone that he's doing well and that she's grateful it didn't end differently.