PD: Man arrested after leaving 5-year-old in car outside of Phoenix pediatric center

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Posted at 10:16 AM, May 10, 2019

PHOENIX — A Phoenix man was arrested after leaving a 5-year-old boy in a car Thursday afternoon.

Phoenix police report that Thursday afternoon around 4 p.m., 26-year-old Isaac Smith intentionally left his 5-year-old stepson in the car. Ironically the vehicle was parked outside of a pediatric center near 7th Avenue and Thomas Road.

Court documents say the outside temperature at the time was 86 degrees.

Police say the child screamed for Smith not to leave him.

Police located Smith in the area and he allegedly admitted to leaving the boy alone in the car. He reportedly told police that he smoked meth earlier in the day and "became confused."

Smith was arrested for child abuse.

If you suspect a child is being abused, the Arizona Department of Child Services has resources available to report the issue to a social worker. You can call the Arizona Child Abuse Hotline at 1-888-SOS-CHILD (1-888-767-2445), and will be asked for information about the child, as well as the nature of your concerns. You can also get more information from DCS about reporting abuse or neglect online.