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Charges Filed for Children Wandering

(La Porte, IN) - A La Porte man could face prison time for allegedly endangering his young children.


38-year old Eugene Wallace is charged with Level 6 felony Neglect of a Dependent. According to court documents, the children on foot were about to dart into oncoming traffic on Lincolnway at Heinz Street nearly two weeks ago.


A passing driver stopped and stayed with the children until police arrived. Police say an officer located their father at a nearby home in the 300 block of Heinz Street. He was lying on a couch and appeared to be sleeping. Law enforcement officials also allege that Wallace had an odor of alcohol on his breath.


One of the children wore only a diaper, while the other had an oversized shirt and sandals. How long the children were outside unattended was not known, police said.


Wallace could face an up to two and a half year prison sentence.

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