San Tan Valley couple indicted for leaving son alone to play Pokemon Go

Posted at 2:57 PM, Aug 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-09 21:03:34-04

An Arizona couple accused of leaving their 2-year-old son alone for up to 90 minutes to go play the "Pokemon Go" smartphone game have been indicted by a Pinal County grand jury.

County prosecutors said that 27-year-old Brent Daley and his 26-year-old wife Brianna Daley each are facing one count of child abuse.

They were arrested after a neighbor found the boy crying outside the couple's home in the southeastern Phoenix suburb of San Tan Valley on July 29.

Authorities said the child was barefoot and wearing a diaper and a T-shirt.

Sheriff's officials said that the Daleys initially told deputies they went to buy gas but then said they had gone in search of virtual Pokemon creatures in their neighborhood.

“You cannot go out and play this game and disregard other things that are important, such as your children and other responsibilities that you have,” PCSO Chief Deputy Steve Henry said.

The state Department of Child Services took custody of the child.