SURPRISE, Ariz. (FOX 10) -- Court documents show a man has been charged with endangering the life and health of a minor, after police found a three-year-old child wandering a neighborhood by himself.
According to the documents, Daniel Dwain West III was arrested at his home on the 16000 block of Central Street in Surprise on March 7. Police say the child, who was found wandering the streets at 9:30 p.m. on March 7, has been found wandering the neighborhoods by himself two other times since January. When the child was found, he was wearing pajama pants that were soiled, and police believe, based on measurement, that the child had wandered by himself for approximate 0.28 miles. When officers contacted West, he appeared to be under the influence of "some sort of mind-altering substance" with slurred speech and slow response to questions.
Officers, according to the documents, spoke with West eventually, and he said that he was feeding his infant child when the three-year-old escaped through the front door. West also said it was not his fault, because the three-year-old is smart. West reportedly did not call the police after he discovered the three-year-old was missing. Police say in two previous incidents that are similar, West reportedly appeared to be under the influence of "some sort of mind-altering substance" in those incidents as well, and would give the same answer.
West, according to court documents, was released on his own recognizance, and he is scheduled to be arraigned on March 19.