Man arrested after keeping one-year-old in hot car in MB

Jonathan Timothy Smith, 29, was arrested Tuesday afternoon for unlawful neglect of a child. (Source: J Reuben Long Detention Center)
Jonathan Timothy Smith, 29, was arrested Tuesday afternoon for unlawful neglect of a child. (Source: J Reuben Long Detention Center)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - One man was arrested after Horry County Police responded to a call in reference to a suspicious vehicle complaint where a baby boy and a man were sitting in a vehicle for over an hour.

Jonathan Timothy Smith, 29, was arrested Tuesday afternoon for unlawful neglect of a child.

According to the police report, the vehicle was not running and only had a three-inch window opening in the driver's side window.

When officers approached the vehicle, Smith turned the vehicle on and placed the vehicle in reverse.

Once Smith was removed from the vehicle, officers observed Smith with his shorts zipper down,claiming that he was teaching the one-year-old boy how to urinate, according to the police report.

Officers observed a black package with "therapy potpourri" written on the label, containing synthetic marijuana. Officers also discovered a potato with holes drilled into it and burn marks, according to the report.

The boy was sweating profusely when officers found him. The officer placed the child in the patrol car before taking him to the Waccamaw Emergency Room.

Smith is being held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center. No bond has been set.

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