Wandering toddler leads to abuse charge for Havasu dad

April 23, 2019 GMT

A Lake Havasu City man has been accused of child abuse after Lake Havasu City Police said he passed out after drinking vodka and allowed his toddler daughter to wander free on the street after dark.

Jason Robert Dawedeit, 35, of Lake Havasu City, is facing two felony counts of child abuse after an April 8 incident at a Mesquite Avenue residence.

According to the police report, at about 7:09 p.m., Monday, April 8, three officers responded to a parking lot of a Mesquite Avenue business for a report of a found child. The caller was driving down the road and saw a toddler in a soiled diaper on the side of the street.

According to police, a woman, who was later identified as Dawedeit’s girlfriend, told officers he was supposed to be watching the girl. An officer reported seeing a man, later identified as Dawedeit, asleep on the couch. He said it took the girlfriend 10-12 seconds to wake him up.

Dawedeit said he hadn’t been sleeping or drinking before claiming to have had one drink after he got home.

The officer said that both children were crying and appeared to be very emotional and tired. Later, the children’s mother arrived to take them home.

After an officer arrested Dawedeit, he refused to take a breath test, but he explained that he and his wife, who are separated, share custody of their children, but said it wasn’t court-mandated. He said he began to drink after his father died seven years ago and it has been a problem in the relationship with his wife and one of the main reasons for their separation.