Parents accused of leaving 2-year-old alone so they could play Pokemon GO
An Arizona couple was arrested after they allegedly left their 2-year-old son home alone for up to 90 minutes to play Pokemon GO.
The Pinal County Sheriff's Office identified the suspects as 27-year-old Brent Daley and his wife, 25-year-old Brianna Daley.
Deputies responded to the home at 10:30 p.m., on Sunday night after a neighbor called 911 saying she had found the 2-year-old boy outside and no one appeared to be home.
The boy was found outside the home and was barefoot, red-faced, sweaty and dirty. The house was unlocked and when deputies contacted Brent Daley to say they had found his son abandoned outside, he allegedly replied, "Whatever," and hung up the phone on deputies.
When the couple returned to their home, deputies say they admitted to leaving their son asleep inside their home near Chandler Heights and Gantzel while they played Pokemon GO in nearby neighborhoods.
"Our agency and many other law enforcement agencies have been warning people about personal safety while playing this interactive Smartphone game, but we never would have imagined that parents would abandon a child to play Pokémon Go," Sheriff Paul Babeu said. "The deputies found the child locked out of his home in 96-degree weather with no water while his parents were gone interacting with their smartphone game."