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Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
 

A Greensburg man is accused of leaving his 3-year-old daughter alone in a car for 24 minutes while he shopped at a Wal-Mart.

Kirk Matthew Perry, 46, was charged with endangering the welfare of children and leaving a child unattended in a vehicle.

State police were called to the Wal-Mart parking lot at Greengate Centre Circle in Hempfield at 1:11 p.m. July 2 for a report of a child left unattended inside a car, according to an affidavit filed by Trooper Richard DeFrank.

DeFrank said at 1:20 p.m. he spoke with Perry, who said he had run into the store for watch batteries and his daughter didn't want to go with him. Perry told DeFrank he left the windows “down a crack” and that his daughter had a drink.

The outside temperature was in the mid-80s, DeFrank said.

Store surveillance tapes showed Perry entering at 12:51 p.m. and exiting at 1:15 p.m., 24 minutes later, and “rushing to his vehicle” as a trooper approached.

Police said the child did not appear to be injured but was taken to Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg for examination.

Perry faces a preliminary hearing on the misdemeanor and summary charges before Hempfield District Judge Mark Mansour on Aug. 15.

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