LEBANON, Maine — A town resident is facing multiple charges for allegedly leaving his four children in a closed vehicle in 97-degree weather outside a New Hampshire store on Wednesday.
Police say that Jeremiah Hollenbeck, 28, of Lebanon, left his children, including two infants, in the vehicle for at least 10 minutes, while he went into the Family Dollar store in Franklin, N.H.
Officers responded to the Family Dollar parking lot around 4 p.m., after a witness reported the children were in a silver Subaru wagon with doors and windows closed. The engine in the vehicle was not running, and the temperature was approximately 97 degrees, police say.
The children were found in physical distress, according to police, and Franklin Rescue Department was called to the scene. Rescue personnel checked the children, and determined their conditions warranted medical attention. The children were then transported to Franklin Regional Hospital and have since been released to family, said Franklin Police Sgt. Dan Poirier.
Shortly after officers arrived on scene Wednesday, they found Hollenbeck, the children’s father, exiting Family Dollar. Police allege he stole an item from the store and he was therefore charged with receiving stolen property.
Hollenbeck is also facing four counts of endangering the welfare of a child, as well as a drug possession charge, for allegedly having oxycodone on him.
After his arrest, Hollenbeck was held on $200,000 cash bail until his arraignment Thursday, at which time his bail was lowered to $50,000 cash. As of Thursday, he was being held at Merrimack County jail.
A probable cause hearing for Hollenbeck is scheduled for July 26, at Franklin District Court.
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