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Man charged after child found alone in Newport News

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Posted at 2:38 PM, Dec 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-02 14:41:45-05

Newport News, Va. – A Newport News man has been charged after a child was found alone at a convenience store last week.

On November 27, 2013 at 3:45 p.m., police officers responded to the Newport News Market on the corner of 23rd Street and Chestnut Avenue in reference to a lost juvenile.

When officers arrived, they met with the store owner who reported that a 9-year-old boy walked into the store crying and said that his father had dropped him off on the street corner.

The child said that he was dropped off in the 1100 block of 23rd Street at a relative’s house, however, no one was home.

The weather conditions on that day were approximately 40 degrees, rainy, and windy, police say.

After driving around with the child, trying to find his residence, the officers found the child’s mother at a relative’s house.

The police investigation revealed that the mother’s boyfriend, Roger Ricks, was supposed to drop the child off at Ricks’ parents’ house.

Roger L. Ricks, age 33, of the 1100 block of 23rd Street was arrested later that evening and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor (misdemeanor).

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