Man charged after son, 2, found wandering in middle of road

From staff reports

A Rocky Grove man is facing charges after his two-year-old son was found wandering in the middle of the road with no clothes on.

Sugarcreek Borough police responded Friday to the area of Rocky Grove and Parker avenues where they found the boy outside naked with no shoes on. No one was looking for the child, and police began knocking on doors, police said.

Police said they noticed children’s toys on the porch of a house and knocked on the door, but there was no answer. Police also said they could hear the TV turned on in the house.

Police found that the door was unlocked but blocked by a large TV and there was “stuff strewn about the residence,” which was in a state of disrepair, police said. A broken glass window pane was lying on the porch and broken glass was all around the porch and on the sidewalk of the residence, according to police.

Police entered the residence and opened the bedroom door that was locked from the inside and found Trevor Collins, 41, the child’s father, sleeping, police said.

Collins said he put the TV in front of the door because his son knows how to unlock doors and get out, police said. Collins told police his son had been sleeping with him in the bedroom but must have gotten up and locked the bedroom door behind him when he got out, police said.

The boy was taken into protective custody by Children and Youth Services, police said.

Collins was arraigned Friday on a felony count of endangering the welfare of children- parent/guardian/other commits offense and a misdemeanor count of recklessly endangering another person.

He was placed placed in the Venango County jail after being unable to post bail, and his preliminary hearing is scheduled Wednesday in Central Court.