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.

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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.