A man faces child neglect charges after leaving his 7-year-old son inside a car while he worked at a Jacksonville furniture store, according to police.
WJXT reports a woman called authorities Sunday morning when she saw the child before she went into the store where Hamid Ahmad Nike Mohammad Ahmadzada, 49, was cleaning. A police report says the car windows were partially open.
The boy spoke limited English but told police his father, an Afghan immigrant, was inside the store. It was 88 degrees outside when he was found. Police said he was in the car for about 45 minutes.
The store manager told police Ahmadzada works for the cleaning company that cleans the store. Video surveillance showed Ahmadzada cleaning carpets inside, according to the police report.
A translator indicated to authorities that Ahmadzada wanted an attorney, but it wasn't known whether he's hired one. He remained in jail Monday morning.
The store manager says the child could have waited in an air-conditioned break area.
The report comes on the heels of multiple cases of children being left in hot cars in Florida and Georgia, some being fatal. The Department of Children and Families released tips provided to keep your children safe this summer:
- Be sure to check the back seat before you leave the vehicle.
- Put your purse, briefcase, lunch, etc. in the backseat so you are sure to look before you lock the door
- Do not let your children play near vehicles; they may accidentally lock themselves in.
- If there is a change in plans and someone else is dropping the kids off at summer camp, have them call you at drop off so you know everyone made it safely.
- Call 911 immediately if you see a child locked in a hot car.
Anyone who sees a young child or vulnerable adult unattended in a vehicle during these extreme summer temperatures should contact emergency personnel immediately.