Father Accused Of Leaving 3 Sons In Freezing Car While He Watched Football Game

WASHINGTON, Pa. (KDKA) — A Washington County man is accused of leaving his three young children in a cold car while he was inside a friend’s home watching a football game.

One of the children, a 4-year-old boy, was found wandering around the streets late at night in 30 degree temperatures without a coat, shoes or socks.

No one answered the door when KDKA’s Amy Wadas went to the home of James Grusofski, 33, of Washington. He lives with his fiancé and three young sons.

Renee Scholato has lived near the couple for many years. She says they seem like great parents.

“It is very surprising this would happen,” said Scholato. “They were always outside with their children, and they always do things with their children when he’s off work. I see them in the backyard.”

According to the Observer-Reporter, Grusofski is accused of leaving his three boys, between the ages of 9-months and 7-years, inside his car when he went inside a friend’s home on East Maiden Street to watch a football game.

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It wasn’t until Grusofski returned home that night, that he realized his 4-year-old son was missing.

He was found wandering the streets late at night in 30 degree temperatures without a coat, shoes or socks.

KDKA talked to a man that lives inside the apartment building where Grusofski was that night. He saw Grusofski’s car parked in the lot out back and he says his girlfriend could hear the child yelling.

“I think it was too much partying and that’s about it, because they seem like a nice family,” Scholato said.

Later that night, Grusofski went to the police station where he reportedly admitted he had been drinking that night.

When police told him he was going to be charged, Grusofski allegedly tried to punch one officer and fought another one until police used a Taser on him and took him into custody.

Grusofski was taken to Washington Hospital to be evaluated. He faces charges of endangering the welfare of children, aggravated assault on a police officer and resisting arrest.

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