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A 24-year-old Orangeburg father is facing one count of unlawful neglect of a child after his 2-year-old became trapped in a parked vehicle.

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Bradley Wayne Boltin of Haddock Road appeared before Orangeburg County Magistrate Peggy Doremus on Friday morning.

She set his bond at $5,000 on his personal recognizance.

She stipulated that he must get the court’s permission to leave the state.

Boltin is accused of neglecting his 2-year-old son on May 8.

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The warrant alleges that Boltin “unlawfully endangered the health of the victim by smoking cannabis and taking non-prescribed Xanax while being solely responsible for the welfare of his 2-year-old.”

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It goes on to say, “This resulted in him falling asleep, allowing the unsupervised child victim to exit the house and become trapped in a parked car, behind the house, for this resulted in the child almost dying of heat exhaustion.”

According to a sheriff’s office incident report, the toddler’s mother called law enforcement at 3:58 p.m. to report that her son was missing.

She told deputies that he was at work when she received a call from Boltin, who told her that their son was missing.

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Deputies searched the outside of the residence, including bushes, vehicles parked in the yard and a playground playset.

In the back yard, deputies saw a gray Chevrolet Malibu with all of the windows down.

A deputy noted that when he looked into the vehicle, he saw the toddler on the floorboard of the left rear passenger side.

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At that point, the deputy immediately grabbed the toddler and removed him from the vehicle, the report states.

EMS and deputies rendered aid and a wrecker removed the vehicle from the scene, the report states.

A deputy also notified the S.C. Department of Social Services about the incident.

If found guilty of unlawful neglect of a child, Boltin faces up to 10 years in prison, a court-imposed fine or both.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 16 years.

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