Man Leaves 1-Year-Old Son Alone In Car While He Shoplifts

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Update (1/3/2014) - Stetson Swift appeared in court Friday morning. The judge reduced the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor, and Swift was released based on time already served. The judge ordered that he have no contact with either his child or the child's mother.

(Dyersburg, TN) A Mid-South man won't be honored as father of the year anytime soon.

Twenty-year-old Stetson Swift is accused of leaving his 1-year old son alone in a car while he went shoplifting.

Dyersburg police were called to the Walmart two days after Christmas on what was thought to be a routine shoplifting call.

What they found was anything but routine.

According to police, Swift was seen shoplifting by Walmart security.

When police arrived at the store, they discovered Swift  left his 1-year-old son alone in a car.

The police report stated in part, "Swift left the child unsupervised while he went inside the Walmart to commit the crime of shoplifting...the child was out of his car seat and free to roam throughout the car...and a passenger window was rolled down far enough to allow the child to fall out of the vehicle."

Swift was charged with felony child abuse and neglect to a child under 6 years of age.

We're told by police that Swift's son is now in the care of his mother.

At the house on Tibbs Street in Dyersburg where Stetson Swift is said to have lived, no one answered the door Thursday.

Swift appeared in Dyersburg City Court Monday where a judge set his bond at $15,000.

Swift remains in the Dyer County Jail until a court appearance Friday morning.


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