Akron man leaves child in hot car while gambling in Stark

Summit County man was jailed after he reportedly left his 5-year-old son locked in a hot car while he went to gamble.

Corian C. Grimes, 31, who lives on Massillon Road in Akron, was arrested by Stark County Sheriff’s deputies at 8 p.m. Friday at the Gold Mine 777 gaming business, 3200 Whipple Ave. NW.

According to Stark County Jail records, Grimes told police he left the child in the car “due to having a gambling problem.”

The jail records show the incident rendered the child in “extreme danger.” Sgt. Mark Maskaluk of the Stark County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday that no injury was reported.

The National Weather Service shows the temperature recorded at the Akron-Canton Airport when deputies were called was 79 degrees.

“On an 80-degree day, the temperature inside of a car can rise 19 degrees in 10 minutes and keep getting hotter with each passing minute,” according to Safe Kids Worldwide, a non-profit focused on child and family safety. Consumer Reports states that “even if it is only 70 degrees outside, a car can quickly heat to more than 120 degrees.”

Grimes was booked into the jail on a felony charge of endangering children.

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