Sheriff's deputies arrest two men they alleged drove around for two days drinking and partying while leaving two young children locked up in their vehicle.
Jackson, Mich., Deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff's Dept. were called when two children were seen in a car parked outside a bar that is in a bowling alley.
When the deputies responded about 12:30 a.m. they found the two children inside a locked car. The father of the two children, Richard Labo, and his brother Eric, were found inside the establishment intoxicated.
Sheriff deputy Lt. Brad Piros said according to the two boys, ages 6 and 4, they had been inside the car for the "better part of two days."
According to a statement from the sheriff's department the two men had been driving around partying and drinking.
UPI.com reports the children were found in "unsanitary conditions" and hadn't been fed for two days. Inside the car were empty and half-empty beer cans.
Jackson County Sheriff's Sgt. Tommy Schuette gave the children some food early Sunday. The two men were taken to jail.
Today the boy's father was arraigned by District Judge R. Darryl Mazur, on two counts of second-degree child abuse, a felony punishable by a maximum of four years in prison. Lobo is being held in jail on a $25,000 bond.
The uncle of the boy who had also been arrested was released from jail and was not charged with any crime.
Chief Assistant Prosecutor Mark Blumer said,"The uncle has no legal obligation to take care of those kids as long as the father is there." He added, "It doesn't mean what he did is morally right."
The boys are now back with their mother, Elizabeth Labo, who is divorced from their father.
The mother said she will now take steps to terminate the father's visitation rights.
Elizabeth Lobo said,"Believe me. I was just as shocked as everyone. I couldn't believe he could do that to my kids."
Elizabeth Lobo has custody of the boys. She said her former husband had picked up the children on Thursday for a visit.