CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Police are looking for a man charged with child endangering after he missed a scheduled court appearance Friday morning.
Zachary Irvin, 28, was charged on Tuesday after the Canfield Police Department received a call about two young children who were left alone in a motel room.
The caller told police she was staying at the Evergreen Motel on W. Main Street and found a young child standing in the parking lot naked and crying. She told police that the child was her neighbor’s kid, and she said he had left the children at the motel alone in the past.
Police said Irvin was supposed to be watching the children, a 7-month-old girl and a four-year-old girl.
Irvin told police he was at the Dollar General looking for groceries for the kids. He told police that he was gone for about 35 minutes and thought the girls were sleeping.
Police said Irvin didn’t have any groceries when he returned to the motel. A manager at Dollar General said Irvin appeared to be talking to an employee the entire time and he was not shopping.
The children’s mother, who was at work, was called to get the kids. Children Services was notified.
Police said Irvin and the woman had been staying in the hotel for awhile. Irvin didn’t have a job and the children’s mother was working at a local fast food restaurant.
Irvin was scheduled to appear in Canfield Municipal Court Friday morning, but he didn’t show up. Police went to the motel and Irvin was gone.
“I learned from another resident that it was very likely that he and his girlfriend and the children had fled the state,” said Canfield Police Sgt. Josh Wells.
Wells believes Irvin and the others may have gotten a ride to the Detroit area. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.