Man Accused of Leaving Kids in Car Faces Judge

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    New London Police Department
    John Morgan, 61, of Waterford, has been charged with risk of injury to a minor after reportedly leaving a 6- and 9-year-old in a hot car with the windows rolled up.

    A Waterford man is set to appear in court today to face charges after officers found his two young kids, ages 6 and 9, in the backseat of his car parked in New London on Tuesday.

    The children were sweating and red-faced from the heat, according to police.

    John Morgan, 60, told officers he had stepped into his office for a few minutes, but police said they were on scene for at least 10 minutes before Morgan returned.

    Morgan was previously charged with driving under the influence and two counts of risk of injury to a minor in August 2013. Authorities said the same two children were in the car with him.

    Officers had initially noticed the car because one of the children had been opening and closing a rear door, police said. All four windows were rolled up and the doors were unlocked.

    Police said the temperature outside was 83 degrees at the time, but a thermometer placed inside the car showed the interior temperature to be 100 degrees with 58 percent humidity.

    Morgan was charged with two counts of risk of injury to a minor. He was held on $150,000 bond and appeared in court Wednesday. A judge set his new bond at $45,000.

    It's the third time police have reported children left in hot cars on Tuesday and the sixth incident in two weeks.

    Tuesday morning, police released information about a 15-month-old boy who died in a hot car in Ridgefield on Monday.

    Later, a mom from East Haven was arrested after allegedly leaving her kids in the car at a Target parking lot.