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Child discovered in car with passed out dad

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PLATTE CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A car stopped in the middle of a Platte City, MO, street led to a surprising discovery.

Now a man is facing charges for endangering his child after authorities claim he passed out with his son in the car.

Neighbors say the man passed out behind the wheel in the middle of Gates Drive West in Platte City, MO. They had no idea who he was but soon learned he was a neighbor who had just moved in to the yellow house about 10 doors down.

"The little boy was in the car and he was crying and he kept saying, ‘My daddy is asleep, my daddy is asleep,' and the man was passed out on the driver's side," said witness Jackie Fisher.

Fisher and her neighbor were trying to figure out why a car stopped in the middle of the street right in front of their houses about 9 p.m. Sunday. When they got to the car, a 4-year-old boy was sitting in his father's lap in the front seat. Fisher said the car was in gear and running.

Fisher said she got the boy to roll down the passenger side window and scooped him up out of the car.

Jesse Bennett was still out cold in the driver's seat, his foot on the brake.

"We went around and the driver side window was down and my son said, ‘Well he's alive, he has a pulse.' We thought maybe he had a heart attack," Fisher said.

But that thought was fleeting when Fisher said she got closer to Bennett and began to shake him to try to wake him up. She said a strong odor of alcohol hit her and her concern turned to anger.

After several minutes she was able to wake Bennett up, but she said his concern wasn't his boy, who was now safe inside a neighbor's house.

"He asked if we had called the police and we said yes we did and he said, ‘If you did then I'm in trouble and I should probably run,'" she said.

Fisher said she and other neighbors convinced Bennett running would be a bad idea. His blood alcohol, according to police, was .199 - 2 1/2 times the legal limit.

Through all of it, Fisher said Bennett never asked where his son was.

"I said to him, ‘Do you have children?' and he said yes, twin boys, and I said, ‘Well you sure scared the hell out of your little boy,'" she said. "I was very disturbed because he endangered that child."

Court documents show that the Platte City Police Department cited Bennett with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child and DWI, both misdemeanors.

No one appeared to be home when KCTV5 knocked on Bennett's door.

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