CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - What started as a reckless vehicle call ended with the arrest of a Clearwater father who went to buy drugs - with his 8-month-old son in the back seat.
Jail records show 31-year-old Shawn Zartman was being held Saturday in the Pinellas County Jail on a child abuse charge.
Authorities say officers were originally dispatched Friday night to the reckless vehicle call. The female driver told officers she was rushing to a home where she believed her husband had gone with their toddler to buy or use drugs.
A police report says Zartman told responding officers he went to the home to buy drugs and left the boy locked in the car without air conditioning. The child was not injured.
Reports show Zartman was also wanted for domestic battery.