(KMOV) – Police have arrested 29-year-old Erdenesuren Munkhdavaa on two counts of child endangerment after he allegedly left his 9-month-old twin daughters in a car while he went shopping at a Goodwill store in Arnold.
The incident happened around 11:00 a.m. Shoppers say they noticed two children alone in a parked car with the air conditioner running and the driver door unlocked.
“It’s crazy,” said Ashley Hutchison, a witness to the incident. “I have a 5-year-old son. There is no way I could ever leave him in the car.”
Goodwill volunteer Randy Weldon called police when he learned about the incident. It was unclear at the time who the children belonged to, but the father was found as he was exiting the store and walking toward the car.
“Anybody could have jumped in that car and left and would have had two babies,” Weldon said. “It would have been so easy. No one even knew for the first five minutes until the lady looked and saw them sitting there.”
Witnesses say DFS workers took custody of the babies, which are about six months old. Police also took Erdenesuren Munkhdavaa, the father, into custody.
“I don’t understand why parents (leave their children),” said witness Candace McAlister. “It’s like it’s happening a lot these days. I don’t understand why people do that.”
After Munkhdavaa was charged, he was booked and released on a summons. Police said he only faces a misdemeanor because he was not trying to hurt his children.