Couple accused of leaving children in car while they go ‘barhopping’
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A couple in Charlotte have been arrested after police say they went barhopping and left their children alone in the family car.
The whole family reportedly went into NoDa Brewery Company first. The parents, David and Cheri Smith, paid their bill and the family left.
“They had a couple of drinks, not drunk, not over-served,” Suzie Ford with NoDa Brewing Company told WSOC.
Two hours later, Ford said the couple’s toddler returned to the restaurant alone with no shoes, wet and looking for his parents.
The staff remembered the child from earlier and started looking for the parents inside, but didn’t find them.
The child led the bartender to the family car parked across the street in front of a different bar, where police said the parents were found drinking.
Police charged the father and mother with abuse and neglect. They are each out on a $1,500 bond.