EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) – Evansville Police say a local couple is arrested on neglect charges after leaving their young children alone in a vehicle in Downtown Evansville while they went to court.
Police say around 8 a.m. Wednesday morning someone had called Evansville dispatch after walking by a vehicle in the rear parking lot of the Civic Center and hearing a child crying inside.
EPD says when officers arrived on scene they found inside the vehicle three young children, ages 3, 23 months and 7 months.
Police say the vehicle was locked, but one of the back windows had only tape covering it. EPD says the officers removed the covering and unlocked the vehicle. The officers say temperature inside the vehicle was about 45 degrees.
An officer then asked the 3-year-old boy where his parents were, “Chase told me to put a bottle in her mouth when she cries,” the boy replied to the officer, referring to the 7-month-old who was in a car seat between the other two children.
EPD says Child Protective Service was then called to the scene to take custody of the children.
Officers ran the plates of the vehicle and found that it was registered to Chase Mattingly, who they say was in Misdemeanor Court at the time of the incident.
Police say they contacted the Vanderburgh Co. Sheriff’s Office who then escorted Chase to the waiting EPD officers.
Authorities say Chase’s wife, Cammie Mattingly, was found and escorted to the EPD officers a short time later.
EPD says they were arrested and taken to the Vanderburgh County Jail. They are each charged with three counts of Child Neglect, a Class D felony.