Man Charged, Child Left in Apartment With Stove On
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Missoula man is charged with felony criminal endangerment after police found a 3-year-old girl sleeping in an apartment with a loaded handgun within her reach and a paper bag “nearing combustion” on a hot burner.
The Missoulian reports 21-year-old Zachary B. Sutton was arrested Tuesday. Justice of the Peace Karen Orzech set his bail at $100,000 during his initial appearance Wednesday.
Police responding to a noise complaint found the girl by herself in the apartment and the door appeared to have been kicked in.
Sutton was located nearby, but tried to flee after talking with officers.
The girl’s mother was found at a hospital, where she was being treated for a cut to the back of the head.
The girl was placed into the custody of other family members.