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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.

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