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Salt Lake City dad admits leaving son in car while at movies

Published November 27, 2008 9:10 am

Pleads guilty » Man, who was arrested during a midnight Batman showing, pleads guilty to reckless endangerment.
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A man who left a toddler alone in a car for more than an hour this summer while he caught a midnight showing of the latest ''Batman'' movie pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment.

David James Farnham, 23, of Salt Lake City, pleaded guilty in 3rd District Court to the Class A misdemeanor in connection with leaving his 2-year-old son, Justin, in a parked vehicle at a South Salt Lake movie theater while he attended a late screening of "The Dark Knight."

Police found Justin in the car around 1:30 a.m. on July 20 after a movie patron alerted authorities that the boy was alone, according to charging documents. He was found in his car seat, crying and sweating, the documents state.

Police stopped the screening to arrest Farnham, who told police he left his son in the car while he watched the movie because Justin was asleep, according to court documents.

The temperature inside the vehicle was estimated at 87 degrees when Justin was rescued, police said. The boy, who has recovered, was released to his mother.

Farnham is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 20.