Police officer arrested for allegedly leaving young sons in hot car

CROSS LANES, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A police officer is now facing criminal charges of his own. The dad from Kanawha County is facing a felony charge for allegedly leaving his young kids in a hot car Sunday while he shopped.

Cpl. Daniel Goffreda, 32, of Poca, is charged with child neglect creating risk of injury, a felony.

Goffreda is an officer with the Charleston Police Department. According to a department spokesperson, Goffreda is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident.

Court records state Goffreda drove his kids to the grocery store in Cross Lanes and left them in the parked car as he went inside. His 2-year-old son and 5-year-old son were in the vehicle with the windows rolled up and the engine off according to deputies with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say Goffreda was in the store for about 25 minutes while his children sat in the car. When officers got on scene, the temperature was approximately 84 degrees with 67 percent humidity.

The officer on scene said the kids were sweating profusely, secured in their child seats. The deputy shouted to the older child, asking him to open the car door, but the boy mouthed what appeared to be "I don't know how."

Paramedics with the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority responded and broke one of the windows. The medics removed the children and placed them in the ambulance. One of the kids had wet clothing from sweating.