Police: Gentry Man Arrested After Leaving Son In Car

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Thao H. Xiong, 33, was arrested Tuesday (Aug. 1) in connection with first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor.

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A Gentry man faces a felony child endangerment charge after he left his son in a car last month while he went to work, according to Gentry police.

Thao H. Xiong, 33, was arrested Tuesday (Aug. 1) in connection with first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor.

An employee at McKee Foods found the 4-year-old boy about 6:20 p.m. on July 24 and took him to be treated by an on-site nurse, according to Keith Smith, Gentry police chief. The boy’s father started work about 5:45 p.m., so police believe the boy was in the car roughly 35 minutes, Smith said.

The boy appeared to have suffered some heat-related issues but wasn’t taken to a hospital. Police said Wednesday (Aug. 2) the boy appeared to be doing fine.

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