DALLAS (AP) - Dallas police say a tow truck driver unknowingly
hauled away a car with a 7-year-old boy sleeping inside.
They say 23-year-old Fidel Retana Jr. returned the car minutes
later and sped away.
A police report says the panicked parents of the missing boy
watched the driver hurriedly unhook their car and take off as they
met with authorities late Monday.
A possible kidnapping investigation at the apartment complex had
already begun and Retana was pulled over a short time later and
arrested on child endangerment charges. But police said yesterday
that they expect to drop the charges.
David Traylor is Retana's attorney. He says his client towed the
car after it was parked in a fire lane while the boy's mother ran
upstairs to her apartment. He says Retana noticed the boy only when
he stopped to ensure that the car was hooked up properly.
Traylor said Retana left the second time in a hurry because he
knew the parents were there and were probably angry.
Authorities say the boy was still asleep when the car was
returned. But they say the boy's mother was crying and vomiting
outside when they arrived.
Information from: The Dallas Morning News,
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