Police: Man left autistic child alone in unlocked car while he was inside Dave & Buster's

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- A Columbus man is accused of leaving a non-verbal child with autism inside an unlocked vehicle because he was playing inside a Hilliard Dave & Buster's.

Dylan M. Behr, 24, was charged with endangering a child after an incident at the Park Mill Run Road restaurant and entertainment business on May 19.

According to court documents, Behr, who was the custodian of a boy who requires 24 hours of care, took and sat the child in the back seat of his car with the child lock on and the rest of the car unlocked. Police said Behr then went back inside to use the 30 credits left on his card on a day when the high was 81°F. Along with having autism, the boy also reportedly has Dravet syndrome, which is a rare form of epilepsy triggered by hot temperatures and fevers.

Investigators said Behr left for 15 minutes before he returned.

When questioned, Behr admitted to all of the allegations, court documents stated.

Behr's scheduled to be arraigned at Franklin County Court on July 13 at 9 am.


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