Fairhope Police arrested and charged a Daphne man with reckless endangerment July 8 after the suspect, 34-year-old Robert Goodwin, allegedly left a child in a parked car with no air conditioning. As of Thursday, the child had been released from the hospital to other family members.
At approximately 1:45 p.m., the Fairhope Police Department received a complaint of a child left inside of a vehicle with no air conditioning and the windows rolled up in the 2300 block of U. S. Highway 98. The caller told police she heard banging noises coming from outside of their neighboring office. After further investigation, the caller told police she noticed a small child banging on the window of a black Ford Expedition frantically and trying to get out of the car.
The caller told police the child appeared to be disoriented and was having a hard time following instructions on how to unlock the vehicle. When Officer Becky Woodruff and Officer Mike Crittenden arrived on the scene, the child was safely out of the vehicle and sitting inside an air conditioned office.
The officers observed that the child still appeared to be disoriented and that his skin was hot to the touch. Paramedics transported the child to Thomas Hospital in Fairhope.
Around 2 p.m. Goodwin appeared and was questioned by the officers. Woodruff asked Goodwin how long the child had been left in the vehicle to which he responded “Not more than 5 minutes.” Upon further investigation, it was determined that the child had been in the vehicle for approximately 30 to 45 minutes or possibly longer.
Goodwin was taken into custody and transported to the Fairhope Municipal Jail without incident and charged with Domestic Violence Reckless Endangerment. Police said Goodwin was on probation from a previous crime when the incident occurred.
Goodwin is being held in the Baldwin County Jail without bond according to online jail records. He has a lengthy criminal record, including five arrests in 2015.