Joshua Delong, a 28 year old Ocala, Florida father has been charged with child neglect after allegedly leaving his three in the car while he went to a bar to get a drink. Prior to Delong’s arrest, the man came to be beaten up by other drinkers who took offense of the fact that he had left his kids behind in a car unattended.
Explains NBC: Delong later told police that several men inside the bar accused of him of leaving his kids in the car, dragged him outside and beat him.
Prior to Delong’s arrest, a witness called police to report Delong’s three young children left alone for four hours in a gold Cadillac with the windows up and the key in the ignition, according to police. The children had been honking the horn and yelling “daddy” in the car.
At some point a passerby, Heather Weiss came across the children where she took it upon herself to keep the agitated children (you think?) calm.
When cops finally caught up with our collective hero the father told he had left the children in his mother’s care and that his wife dropped them off at the bar without his knowledge.
Interestingly Delong’s wife and mother denied the claims.
Delong would be treated for his injuries at Orlando Regional Medical Center before being being arraigned on three charges of child neglect.