Dad who forgot child gets probation

HOLLIDAYSBURG – An Altoona man was placed on two years’ probation Wednesday on a charge of child endangerment brought by police after he left his 17-month-old daughter unattended in a parked car for 23 minutes.

“I forgot! Oh my God, I forgot she was in the car,” police quoted the dad, Warren D. Baxter, 28, as saying as he approached his vehicle in the Plank Road Commons parking lot on Sept. 1.

The youngster had an elevated body temperature when police and EMS personnel arrived. She reportedly was red in color and was sweating while in the car, even though the temperature outside was only 78 degrees.

She was treated at UPMC Altoona.

Baxter, another adult and a child exited the car and went to one store and then journeyed to Walmart.

Baxter said he remembered the young child while at Walmart.

Authorities were called when someone noticed the child sleeping alone in the back seat of a vehicle.

During Baxter’s appearance before Blair County President Judge Jolene G. Kopriva on Wednesday, the judge was told that he had been sentenced for child endangerment and simple assault of another child seven years ago.

He was sentenced to a jail term of 9-24 months and placed on probation for two years by a Bedford County judge on Nov. 2, 2006, according to state court records.

Baxter told the judge he was no longer under supervision by Blair County Children Youth & Families, the county’s child welfare agency. He said he has custody of the child.

Kopriva expressed concern about Baxter’s record of two endangerment issues, stating, “There is more expected of you as a parent.”