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Cops arrest man, say his unrestrained 2-year-old son opened door and fell out of moving car

Authorities in Iowa say a man was arrested after a young passenger was able to open the door of a car he was in and fell out onto the pavement.

According to KCRG, 31-year-old Wesley Hendley of Rock Island was allegedly a passenger in the vehicle in Bettendorf when it pulled into the parking lot of a Hy-Vee supermarket at the time of the incident.

When the 2-year-old — identified by WQAD as Hendly’s son — reportedly opened the door and toppled outside, an off-duty police officer was at the scene and contacted emergency personnel who responded a short time later. Reports indicate no one inside the vehicle involved contacted authorities in connection with the incident.

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Upon arrival, officers say they found the boy inside the grocery store with injuries including scraped fingers and a bump on the head. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment of injuries officials did not believe to be life threatening.

A police statement indicated that the toddler was unsecured in the vehicle and was not wearing a seat belt. Officers reportedly found a child car seat — inside the trunk.

His father was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and an outstanding warrant. Police also issued him a citation for failure to properly restrain the child.

Though Hendley was not driving, he was deemed responsible for the well-being of the child since he was the parent. Police did not issue the driver a citation.

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[Featured image: Wesley Hendley, handout]