ROCK HILL, S.C. — A South Carolina father is facing charges after leaving his 4-year-old home alone to go play video games.
According to WSOC, a neighbor found the child wandering through the apartment complex in his underwear wrapped in a sheet on Monday.
Police said he wasn’t with his mother or anyone else.
“Our officers got him, neighbors helped, get him calmed down, told us where the child lived, and officers went and knocked on the door, nobody was home,” said Officer Mark Bollinger with the Rock Hill Police Department.
He said the boy’s father, Antwain Sutton, later showed up.
“The child’s father came back to the location and said he had gone up the street to play video games with some friends, and left the child alone by himself, and thought he was going to be OK,” Bollinger said.
Police said they got in touch with the mother, who said Sutton was supposed to be watching the child.
“We’ve had family who’ve gone out clubbing and partying, and left the kids home alone, and of course the neighbors have called us,” Bollinger said. “Or the children have gotten out wandering around, but definitely this is the first time I’ve heard of one where one of the parents have gone down the street to play video games.”
Sutton was charged with unlawful conduct towards a child.