Off-Duty Cop Leaves His Kids In A Hot Car, Then A Real Cop Shows Up To Save Them

Daniel Goffreda was shopping for about 25 minutes while he left his two young sons in the car in 84 degree temperatures

Cross Lanes, WV A Charleston Police Department officer was charged with a felony after he left his young children in a hot car Sunday while he shopped.

Charleston Police Corporal Daniel Goffreda, 32, drove his two-year-old son and five-year-old son to the grocery store in Cross Lanes.

Corporal Goffreda parked in the rear of the parking lot at a Kroger store, according to the West Virginia MetroNews.

He then left his children in the car as he went in to shop, according to WSAZ-TV.

The children were in the car for about 25 minutes before being discovered by deputies.

When the deputies arrived, the temperature was about 84 degrees outside with 67 percent humidity, according to WSAZ.

The deputy who responded said both children were sweating profusely and both were strapped into their child seats. The deputy shouted to the five-year-old boy to open the car door, but the boy mouthed, I dont know how to, according to WSAZ.

Paramedics from the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority arrived and the deputy broke one of the car windows. The paramedics removed the children and put them in the ambulance.

One of the children had wet clothing from sweating, according to WSAZ.

Cpl. Goffreda is charged with two counts of child neglect creating risk of injury, according to WVAH-TV.

The Charleston Police Department said that Cpl. Goffreda is on paid leave pending an internal investigation.

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department is investigating, according to WSAZ.

Do you think that the officer should be immediately fired if he inadvertently forgot his children? We'd like to hear from you. Please let us know in the comments.

Comments (34)
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measyou
measyou

They're 5 and 2; you don't forget five and two-year-olds for half an hour. If someone isn't tugging on your sleeve every 2 minutes - 5 tops - something is very wrong. I can see walking into the store, looking down, are realizing they aren't with you, but I don't buy "forgetting" for half an hour.

Hispeed06
Hispeed06

Fire him AND charge his ass! Those are his own babies for Christ's sake!!😡

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

He parked all the way in the rear of the parking lot then forgetting not 1 but 2 children, leaving them for 25 minutes on a freakin hot day and he's a cop... Sounds more like he was planning their deaths. BTW.. The 5 year old didn't know how to unlock the car door?? As a matter of fact, I am thinking the majority of these deaths of children in hot cars is murder.

Scattered
Scattered

I am pro police all the way but this is a bad apple. Get rid of him.

angeleyes
angeleyes

I think he should be fired and charged. How many times do people have to get it in their minds that this can kill children and/or animals? he's a cop, how many times has he been on a call similar to this. i don't believe he forgot the babies, he just wanted to shop without having to deal with a 2yr old and a 5yr old.

cspcapt
cspcapt

make him an offer he can't refuse-to jail or quit and never to be a police office again

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

...if he inadvertently forgot his children? Just feckn stop it. Inadvertently my ass. You load your kids into the car, drive to the grocery store, then forget they are there? Even if by some serious stretch of the imagination someone could forget the kids they just loaded into the car, thats still proof that they shouldnt have those kids.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

Yes he should lose his job and his children!! How the hell do these parents continue to do this horrendous act?!!!

nenasmiller
nenasmiller

He is stupid and cruel.

realDonaldTrump
realDonaldTrump

Not just the hot car, a 2 and a 5 year old alone for 25 minutes, what a dumb ass. A cop knows better than that. I know, its a pain in the ass to have to bring kids in and out of stores. But a hot parked car? If you're gonna be careless to leave 2 small children all alone in a car, at least leave the car running with the AC on, doors locked and parking brake set. And have an extra key on hand. Still has the danger of a kidnapper or any other dangers, kids put the car in gear, etc.

FuzzBall44
FuzzBall44

Absolutely no excuse for that!! Those poor kids. So sorry their dad is such a dickhead!

satmantoo
satmantoo

Who wrote the title? An off duty cop is a REAL cop!! You idiot! The off duty cop should be treated just like you or I if we left our young kids unattended in a hot car! I believe we would have been arrested. How is this cop going to react if he is the on duty officer sent to save someone elses kids? Is he going to say thats ok I do it all the time? Lets forget the I forgot they were in the car routine! Why did he park in the back of the store or where he did so no one would notice. This guy knew exactly what he was doing.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

I am a retired Law Enforcement Officer and there is no excuse for leaving the kids in the car period. I dont care if it was 60 degrees and it was for a minute. If you get out of the car and walk away from the car you carry your kids with you!! He should fired because what will happen if he is patrolling and he get a call about kids being left in a car. How can he arrest somebody else for it when he does it himself. Im sorry but he needs to be terminated from Law Enforcement, period!!!

SDLucas
SDLucas

Fire him. He doesn't have the judgement or values needed for the responsibilities of a cop.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Fire his stupid donkey butt.....he can't be trusted.

twotwo
twotwo

I LOVE the way the title of this story reads; "A REAL cop shows up". Couldn't have said it better!

shirleybaird1
shirleybaird1

Yes, he should be fired. He knew better. He is no different, then anyone else.

PoBeals
PoBeals

I absolutely hate that anyone leaves their children or animals in a hot car to fry to death. This Officer can not be trusted with his own children, let alone the public trust. His judgment is extremely poor, & this was NOT inadvertent... he wouldn't have taken the time to hide the car in back and walk around to the front if it was. Fire him.

BlueLady
BlueLady

Unless things have changed since I was working, a LEO is NEVER off duty. The dedication is 24/7. The lack of responsibility should be enough for immediate termination.

TBUPS
TBUPS

Maven, your question is just as ridiculous as the thought of this man getting excused from something so horrible! Why would you even pose such a question as this? Police officers are held to a higher standard, just as any trained professional in their field. If a cop cannot perform to the standards of the law he definitely should not be a cop.

Marxest
Marxest

This man should not ONLY be fired from the department should be charged with 2 counts of child endangerment as well as 2 counts of attempted murder on top of what he was charged with. A police officer would know better than to leave children unattended inside of a hot car. A civilian would be face severe repercussions for this offense, a cop should be treated more harshly.

Mic911
Mic911

No excuse whatsoever for leaving children in a locked vehicle like that!! Terminate him like yesterday, if he cannot make rational decisions when off duty, I don't want to know what he does on duty!! Happy a REAL cop showed up...

mindy1000
mindy1000

A child died this past week here when a mom forgot that her little one was in the car. I don't really know how you can forget that your kid is in the car. I accidently locked my baby in my car years ago. I was in my driveway and the air conditioner was on. I still panicked and called 911. The fire dept guys couldn't open it so they called a locksmith who was able to open the doors.

Mswolf2u
Mswolf2u

That will teach him...give him time off with pay! How did this asshat ever make corporal ?

Ellie67
Ellie67

Inadvertently ???? I don't think so.

RetNCPD
RetNCPD

He looks dopey. What the hell are PD's hiring today? Oh yeah. The standards have been all but removed.

hampshire
hampshire

I just think he was dumb and ignorant about closed quarters and heat. Put the kids in shopping carts like we moms do ! Btw. Where was mom ?

SeratoBeats
SeratoBeats

I'm a CO at a provincial jail. We are still held to a higher standard than a civilian would be, off duty.

Yes we would lose our job for this. Pretty much anything else that deals with unprofessional conduct while off duty.

So people who say we get away with everything, stop smoking crack.