Florida man charged with child neglect for leaving 10-year-old in parking lot after getting sick in his car

A 31-year-old Florida man was arrested for abandoning a 10-year-old child in a parking lot after the boy became sick in his vehicle. According to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, the man, Christopher Griffis, has been charged with four counts of child neglect following the incident.

News4Jax reports that the child was left alone in the parking lot for 15 minutes, during which a FedEx driver, who witnessed the scene, stayed with him and phoned the police. The driver told deputies that Griffis cursed at the 10-year-old and then kicked him out for throwing up in Griffis’ Kia Soul.

When Griffis returned to the parking lot, along with three other children who were in the vehicle ages 1, 5, and 7, deputies were at the scene with the FedEx driver.

Deputies approached the car, which was pulling a boat on a trailer, and informed Griffis that they were investigating the juvenile being left alone in a parking lot. Griffis allegedly responded by rolling up his windows and yelling that the responding officers were holding the child “hostage.”