Update: Police have now revealed that the man who abandoned the baby was not the child’s father. Instead, he was babysitting the child for the mother while she moved out of her apartment. However, while out driving with the baby he was involved in a car crash before getting into a fight with two other men who were present at the crash. Afterwards he drove to the store and then asked the employee to hold the baby while he went and got his phone, except he never returned.
Not long after the baby was taken into custody the mother phoned the police and revealed she was the child’s mother, and that she had been trying to phone the babysitter for hours but he had not answered.
Father allegedly abandons baby at Toys R Us in Pennsylvania https://t.co/lpTsnaqnAH via @KDVR This was a dad with no way out. There is a mom, or mom had man do it. I take call from fathers, they have no rights. Find the Mom!!!— Marcus Giavanni (@MGiavanni) May 4, 2018
The man, who has now been identified as Thomas Himlin now has a warrant out for his arrest for the endangerment of a child.
Original Story: Earlier this week police were shocked to reveal that an infant child had been taken into protective custody after the child’s father abandoned him at a Toys ‘R’ Us store. The man, whose identity remains unknown as police continue to search for him, entered the store and asked an employee to watch the child for a few moments. He then immediately turned and walked out of the store before driving away.
The incident, which took place at 8.30pm on Wednesday, left customers and employees horrified at what had happened.
“I can't believe someone can do that to their kids! Their own kids,” said one shopper, before adding that they were at least glad it had taken place at a location where the child was easily found and not at risk. “It's better for the kid because if not this place, they could've left the kid somewhere else. So that's obviously dangerous for the kid. I'm glad it is in safe hands now.”
Thomas Himlin, no age or address provided, has been identified as the man who entered the Toys “R” Us on Kidder Street around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and asked an employee to watch his baby, according to police. https://t.co/HXawP8V14Q— The Citizens' Voice (@CitizensVoice) May 4, 2018
The police have revealed no information about the child, including gender and age, although they have revealed the baby is now in the custody of Luzerne County Children and Youth. Meanwhile employees of the store have refused to speak to reporters and the media while televised, but they have told press that they were all very upset by what had happened.