Cops: Toddler Found On Street With Alcoholic Drinks; Dad Arrested

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Police arrested a Hastings man after his 2-year-old son was allegedly discovered in the middle of the street with two alcoholic drinks.

On Sunday night, police received a call about a child in the middle of the street near 15th and Florence streets. There, police discovered the toddler, who wasn’t wearing socks or shoes, holding two Mike’s Hard Lemonades.

Hastings Police Chief Paul Schnell said police then used an automated phone system to try to locate someone who knew the child. After 2-and-a-half-hours with no response, police widened the call area to a broader area.

A short time later, the child’s father, Robert Rassett, called police reporting his missing son.

Police then went to Rassett’s home and found him intoxicated. He then became uncooperative and was then arrested for suspicion of child endangerment, Schnell said.

The toddler was brought to his mother, who does not live with his father.

Police did not say if the toddler consumed alcohol.

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