Police arrested a father after finding his 6-year-old daughter left alone in a parked car and waiting more than an hour for him to return Sunday night, Oct. 4.
An Everson police officer found the girl in a car with the windows closed by the Nooksack River bridge just before 6 p.m., said Everson Police Chief Dan MacPhee.
The girl told police that her dad, 23-year-old Tyler George Davis, had left. She didn’t know how long he’d been gone.
Davis came back to the car about an hour and a half after the police found his daughter. He told police that he walked down to the Nooksack River, but he didn’t say what he was doing there, MacPhee said.
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Officers placed Davis under arrest after discovering he was in possession of drug paraphernalia. He also was booked into jail on suspicion of abandonment of a dependent person in the third degree and reckless endangerment.
MacPhee said the temperature outside was in the mid- to low 60s, and the 6-year-old girl was unharmed. She was returned to another parent.
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