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No charges for dad who left baby in cold car

Posted at: 01/24/2013 5:36 PM
Updated at: 01/25/2013 7:54 PM
By: Dan Bazile

 

COLONIE - Police say it had the potential to be a tragedy when a father left his one year-old infant in his car alone for about eight hours on one of the coldest days of the year.

"He was supposed to drop the child off at a daycare center. However that did not take place," said Colonie Police Lieutenant Robert Winn.

Investigators say the man from southern Rensselaer County actually went all the way to work on Morris Road in Colonie yesterday. They say the child was in the car, in the bitter cold. He didn't realize it until his wife called him toward the end of the day.

"At this time everything is pointing towards the fact that this was a horrible mistake," Winn said.

Despite the ordeal, the baby survived and was transported and released from Albany Medical Center. Investigators said the father had been very distracted lately after losing a close relative. And that might have contributed to the incident.

"A sudden loss of a close relative could absolutely throw somebody into disassociation, almost a fugue state," said Clifton Park Psychiatrist Dr. Anthony Ferraioli.

Ferraioli said everyone has the potential to forget like a cup of coffee or lunch on the kitchen table. But when it involves forgetting a child, he said that's a different level of stress.

"It's pretty severe when it's your child that you're forgetting. But can it happen. Yes it can," Dr. Ferraioli said.

Police are still trying to figure out if and what to charge him. But Ferraioli said he'll most likely spend the rest of his life thinking about it.

"If for some reason it doesn't bother him as a father for the rest of his life, there's something very wrong," Dr. Ferraioli said.