Friday, May 8, 2009 | 3:26 p.m.
A Las Vegas father has been arrested by Metro Police after he left an infant and a toddler inside an unattended sport utility vehicle.
Officers went to Twain Avenue and Rainbow Boulevard about 12:30 p.m. Friday to investigate a report of two children unattended inside a vehicle, police said.
Police found a 3-month-old and a 2-year-old, both boys, belted into their car seats inside an SUV parked near a business. The windows were down, the keys were in the ignition and the radio was on, police said.
Officers found the children's father, 35-year-old Willie Culver of Las Vegas, in a nearby bar where he had been gambling for about two hours, police said.
Culver was arrested for two counts of child endangerment and will be booked into the Clark County Detention Center, police said. Before today, Culver had no arrest record with Metro Police.
Metro Police officers remind everyone that leaving any vehicle with the keys in the ignition is an open invitation to having the vehicle stolen.
Leaving children unattended in vehicles can have tragic, often fatal results, police said.
Police warn parents and pet owners to never leave children or animals inside a vehicle even for a short period of time, especially as the weather warms in the Las Vegas Valley.