A man who was wanted on several active warrants is now facing an additional charge of unlawful child neglect after running from a car outside a Rock Hill home when police approached him, leaving a sleeping infant in the car, according to police.
Rock Hill officers were patrolling on Catherine Street on Monday when they saw a black Honda Accord, according to a police report. They checked the tag number and discovered the driver of the vehicle had active warrants.
The car was not parked behind the suspect’s known address, and officers pulled behind the car to wait for the owner to come home, the report states. They saw another black Honda Accord pull into a driveway on the 300 block of Catherine Street.
The officers saw a man matching the suspect description jump out of the driver seat and run toward the back of the home, police said. They approached the Honda and saw an infant child asleep in the back seat of the car, which was still running.
The owners of the home told police the Honda does not belong at the home. Officers spoke with the mother of the child, who said the infant was left with a baby sitter shortly before the incident.
Police spoke with the suspect by phone and told him to turn himself in, the report states. He “declined” officers’ request to return.
A warrant was obtained for the man for unlawful conduct toward a child. The report does not indicate the man’s relationship to the infant.