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Police charge father with child endangerment

Police arrested a 39-year-old Prescott father Wednesday on charges of two counts of endangerment after he passed out while he was supposed to be caring for his 1-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son, Prescott Police Department spokesman Lt. Ken Morley said Thursday.

A Prescott motorist found the daughter standing in the middle of the road in the 300 block of Park Avenue.

The woman driver pulled her car over and scooped up the little girl, the release said, then went looking for the child's parents.

A few minutes later, the woman found the 3-year-old boy in the front yard of a nearby house. The father was sleeping in a lawn chair in the yard.

The woman repeatedly tried to wake the man without success, Morley said. When she finally did succeed in waking him, the man took the children into the house.

The woman told police the man smelled of alcohol and was staggering.

When officers arrived, the man did not answer their repeated knocks. Finally the 3-year-old unlocked the door and police found the father passed out on a bed, Morley said.

Police called the children's grandmother, who came and got the children.

A preliminary breath test showed that the father had a blood alcohol concentration of .272 percent - almost three and a half times the legal limit to drive in Arizona, Morley said.