Police: Father Arrested After Two-Month-Old Left Outside Overnight

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls police have arrested the father of a two and a half month old baby that was left overnight outside of a church for more than 18 hours.

Police say the parents of the baby had an argument around 2:30 p.m. Monday afternoon. Faith Family Church’s surveillance video showed that the father followed their one-year-old after she ran off and that the mother went the other direction, leaving the area.

At around 2:50 p.m. the father is seen returning to the area with the one-year-old before they both left. The parents say they both thought the other had the two and a half month old and neither went back to check.

An arrest affidavit states that temperatures reached 54 degrees and was raining overnight. The woman who found the baby at 8:48 a.m. Tuesday morning says the baby was soaking wet.

The father, 38-year-old Ronald Harrison Jr., was arrested on a felony abuse or cruelty of a minor charge and a contributing to abuse or neglect of a child charge with a $10,000 cash only bond.

The mother has not been charged.

The two and a half month old is still in protective custody awaiting a hearing to determine what will happen next.


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls police are investigating after a two-and-a-half month old baby was found in a car seat near a church in Sioux Falls.

Police say the baby was found at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday morning near Faith Family Church located on the 100 block of North Spring Avenue.

Police determined that the male child was most likely left overnight because of the condition in which he was found.

Detectives have found the parents of the baby but no charges have been made yet. Potential charges could include neglect and abuse or cruelty of a minor under age seven. The baby has been taken into protective custody while the investigation continues.

Police say alcohol does appear to have been involved.

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