2-year-old boy found in street with 2 alcoholic drinks; dad arrested


A Hastings father has been arrested after his 2-year-old son was found in the street with two Mike's Hard Lemonade alcoholic drinks, police say.

Police were called Sunday night about the boy, found near an intersection without shoes or socks, WCCO reports.

"The sun was out at that time, but can you imagine standing bare feet, two years old on that blacktop?" Hilton Fiedler, who found the boy and called police, told FOX 9. The boy wouldn't say anything that could help Fiedler identify him or his parents.

It's unknown if the child drank any of the alcohol, although police told reporters the boy did not show signs that he had consumed any of the drink. One bottle was open and one closed, FOX reported.

Hastings Police Chief Paul Schnell said police initially used an automated phone system to try to locate the parents of the boy, but had no response after two and a half hours. Finally, the child's father, Robert Rassert, 42, called police to report that his son was missing. Police found him intoxicated and uncooperative and he was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment.

The father's home is less than a block from where the boy was found, KARE 11 reported.

The child was taken to his mother, who does not live with Rassert.

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