Toddler left in cold car for hours - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Toddler left in cold car for hours

Posted: Updated:
Toddler left in cold car for hours. Toddler left in cold car for hours.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane police rescued a 2-year-old boy after his father left him in a car on the South Hill and hours later lost track of where he had parked.

Police found the boy in the back seat, and the keys in the ignition of the car. Spokane Police arrested his father, 41-year-old Charles Fife. He is charged with second degree abandonment of a dependent person.

"What's so important that you could lose track of your child for that long?" Wendy Brill asked.

Fife left his car parked in front of Brill's South Hill home. When police found the boy after their lengthy search they knocked on the Brills' door and asked to bring the boy in to warm him there.

"I keep thinking, if the child had been in that car overnight, it would have been a terrible situation," Brill said.

Wendy Brill and her husband assisted with blankets, snacks, and juice, as the officer comforted the boy until medical personnel arrived.

"It was amazing to see that," Brill said. "I was very impressed."

Amazingly, that officer wasn't the first to make a quick decision that may have saved the boy's life.

An hour and a half earlier, Fife walked into a Conoco gas station about a mile away looking for a phone, claiming he'd lost his car and his son. The cashier, a mother herself, insisted he call the police, but, according to her manager, Fife simply responded, "My kid's tough, he can take it."

After Fife left, the cashier called the police herself. That's when SPD found Fife wandering the South Hill and began their search for his son.

Fife made a first appearance in court Wednesday. He was released on bond.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • UPDATE: Crash Kills Teenager In Post Falls

    UPDATE: Crash Kills Teenager In Post Falls

    POST FALLS, Idaho - A Post Falls teenager was killed in a Sunday morning crash that left another teen injured authorities said.>>
    POST FALLS, Idaho - A Post Falls teenager was killed in a Sunday morning crash that left another teen injured authorities said. 17-year-old Hannah M. Rhoades was pronounced dead at the scene of the 3 a.m. crash, according to the Idaho State Police.>>
  • NEW DETAILS: Soap Lake Murder Victim Identified

    NEW DETAILS: Soap Lake Murder Victim Identified

    SOAP LAKE, Wash. - (AP) The Chelan County coroner says an 18-year-old Moses Lake, Wash., man fatally shot at a home in Soap Lake died of gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen.>>
    SOAP LAKE, Wash. - (AP) The Chelan County coroner says an 18-year-old Moses Lake, Wash., man fatally shot at a home in Soap Lake died of gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen.>>
  • WATCH: Man shows up at KHQ to take responsibility for Centennial Trail assaults

    WATCH: Man shows up at KHQ to take responsibility for Centennial Trail assaults

    Thursday, April 20 2017 4:10 PM EDT2017-04-20 20:10:18 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Earlier this week, we told you about Spokane Police investigating numerous assaults on the Centennial Trail where women were being randomly slapped on the butt by an unknown assailant.  On Wednesday, a man claiming to be the assailant showed up at KHQ in downtown Spokane.  Jonathan Smith had a prepared statement he wanted to read to his victims to show his remorse. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Earlier this week, we told you about Spokane Police investigating numerous assaults on the Centennial Trail where women were being randomly slapped on the butt by an unknown assailant.  On Wednesday, a man claiming to be the assailant showed up at KHQ in downtown Spokane.  Jonathan Smith had a prepared statement he wanted to read to his victims to show his remorse. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Spokane business uses high-pitched beeping sound as loitering deterrent

    Spokane business uses high-pitched beeping sound as loitering deterrent

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 2:30 AM EDT2018-05-23 06:30:16 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - If you're near 2nd and Division in downtown Spokane, you may hear something unpleasant. It's a high pitched beeping sound coming from the nearby 7-Eleven.  "It works great sometimes in crowd dispersal applications...the military's used it...so it is a useful tool," said Officer Josh Laiva of the Spokane Police Department.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - If you're near 2nd and Division in downtown Spokane, you may hear something unpleasant. It's a high pitched beeping sound coming from the nearby 7-Eleven.  "It works great sometimes in crowd dispersal applications...the military's used it...so it is a useful tool," said Officer Josh Laiva of the Spokane Police Department.

    >>
  • Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, May 22nd

    Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, May 22nd

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 2:29 AM EDT2018-05-23 06:29:15 GMT

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, May 22nd.

    >>

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, May 22nd.

    >>
  • Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author, dies at 85

    Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author, dies at 85

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:04 AM EDT2018-05-23 04:04:19 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) - Philip Roth, a prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, death, assimilation and fate, has died.    The celebrated and controversial author of "Portnoy's Complaint," ''The Counterlife" and other novels was 85. His death was confirmed by his literary agent, Andrew Wylie, who said Roth died Tuesday night of congestive heart failure.

    >>

    NEW YORK (AP) - Philip Roth, a prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, death, assimilation and fate, has died.    The celebrated and controversial author of "Portnoy's Complaint," ''The Counterlife" and other novels was 85. His death was confirmed by his literary agent, Andrew Wylie, who said Roth died Tuesday night of congestive heart failure.

    >>