Police arrest man accused of leaving toddler, ailing infant in unattended hot car

Outside temps were in low 80s Tuesday

INDIANAPOLIS - Police arrested a man Tuesday after he reportedly left a toddler and an infant with a heart condition unattended in a hot car.

Metro police were called to the parking lot of the Hardee's at 7200 Woodland Dr. just after 3 p.m. Tuesday by someone who saw unattended children in a car.

The responding officer saw two small children -- including an infant with a heart monitor attached to his chest -- in the car, police said.

The officer was able to unlock the driver's side door through the cracked window and take the 21-month-old girl from the vehicle, but before he could get to the 3-month-old boy, the car's owner returned to the vehicle from inside the restaurant.

Daniel Raine, 28, told police he was only in the restaurant for a few minutes to pick the children's mother up from work, police said.

Child protective services was called to the scene and, after interviewing Raine and the children's mother, released the children to their mother's custody.

Raine was arrested on a preliminary charge of neglect of a dependent.

The police report said the outside temperature at the time of the call was 83 degrees.
 

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