• Mar 20, 2014


A Colorado man is behind bars and under investigation for child neglect after his car was towed with his one-year-old son still inside last weekend.

Thomas Benton left his son in his car while it was parked in an apartment complex lot, according to ABC 7. When he returned to find an empty parking spot, he called Denver Police and reported a possible kidnapping. On the way to the apartment building, dispatch told the responding officers the vehicle had been found in a private tow lot.

Benton had parked in a spot that was not open at night. The car sat for forty minutes before it was towed, though Benton says he left his son in the car for only ten minutes. The driver didn't check inside the car before towing. The little boy appears to have slept through the ordeal and was unhurt.

Benton was arrested on an outstanding warrant, and is being investigated for neglect.



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      runswthscisors40
      • 9 Months Ago
      I didn't know Conan O'Brien lived in Colorado.....................
      • 9 Months Ago
      Ignorant father, but he maybe telling the truth about the ten minutes. Greedy fricken tow truck driver. There was a get together for a good cause at a restaurant/bar, parking lot was full so many people started parking next door in a lot belonging to another individual, the business next door was not open for business. There were no obvious signs that if you parked there, you would be towed, there was only one in the window of the business, not lit up, not obvious and hard to see especially at night. Long story short, I wasn't there for more than 40 minutes, the tow trucks were apparently across the street watching everyone park. nine cars in all were towed. Most of them were towed to another place close by so they could drop them and go back and get more. $300.00 bucks a pop, pretty healthy payday for a couple no good POS tow truck drivers.
      bryanmerrittper2
      • 9 Months Ago
      You don't leave a baby unattended in a car and the tow truck driver should have looked inside the car before he towed it.too they are both at fault ......
      kquesel
      • 9 Months Ago
      The parent AND the tow truck driver should be ticketed--unless the car had those dark tinted windows which might prohibit a passenger being seen.
      olvden
      • 9 Months Ago
      Probably at the "apartment complex" to get his vitamins. The junkie p.o.s.
      • 9 Months Ago
      What fool leaves a baby in a parked car ? The tow truck driver was only doing his job , But I think he should have looked in the window of the car and make sure there isn't anyone in there sleeping or what ever .
      Ron
      • 9 Months Ago
      For those of you asking why the wrecker driver didn't look inside the car, that's easy! They want to hook and go as the more cars they tow, the better for them. The also don't want to confront anybody whose car is getting towed. They make a lot more money picking up a tow like this than one from a normal break-down or traffic accident tow job. Impound towers also charge an odd amount like $116.00 and will only accept exact change just to be a pain in the rear in cash only.
      dhrector
      • 9 Months Ago
      Never would have guessed he had an outstanding warrant.........Right....
      • 9 Months Ago
      the tow truck driver should be charged also. what if that guy had not called police. that baby would have died right there in the impound lot.
      barbmalin
      • 9 Months Ago
      The tow truck driver didn't check inside the car? Why not?
      • 9 Months Ago
      its not OK to leave any children in the car without a responsible person. As for the tow truck driver he may want to check the cars he tows from now on. I'm glad the baby was alright but the parent needs to learn from his stupidity.
      laurelphot
      • 9 Months Ago
      So has the tow owner been arrested yet?
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