Police: 13-month-old left unattended as dad goes for cigarettes


by Kelsey Duvall


Posted on May 12, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Updated Monday, May 12 at 6:31 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Louisville man is facing charges after police said he left a baby in a car unattended.

According to the police report, Michael Oppedahl, 46, left a 13-month-old in the car while he ran into a Walgreens to buy cigarettes.

Witnesses reportedly told police the baby was left in the vehicle for 20 minutes.

Witnesses said a woman saw the child and went into the store to ask if it belonged to anyone there.

When no one claimed the car or baby, the woman reportedly reached into the window (which Oppedahl had left down) and unlocked the car door. She then got the baby out of the car to make sure he was okay.

While she was holding the baby, witnesses said Oppedahl came out of the store, got into the car and was about to drive off until she stopped him to ask if the child belonged to him.

Oppedahl informed the witness that it was his baby.

When authorities arrived on the scene, witnesses were crowded around the vehicle.

Oppedahl was charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a minor.