Marion man arrested after leaving baby in Taco Bell parking lot
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS2/FOX28) —
A Marion man is facing multiple charges after he left his crying baby in a wrecked van in a Taco Bell parking lot Wednesday afternoon.
Cedar Rapids Police were called to the Taco Bell at 6241st Avenue Northeast for a welfare check at 2:39 p.m. on Wednesday. An employee said the driver of a van, later identified as 24-year-old Trevor Brickson, pulled into the lot, parked the van and - after hanging around the restaurant for about 20 minutes- took off. 15 minutes later, employees went to go check the van and found Brickson's one-year-old son crying inside. Employees used a tool to pry open the window to get the baby out of the van.
Police say they received a reckless driver report on the van two hours prior to the parking lot incident. Police say the van’s left passenger side tire was shredded, and had side-swipe damage.
Brickson returned to the store at 4:51 p.m., and was arrested by police on the scene. Employees tell CBS2/FOX28 that he asked where his van was - but made no mention of the baby.
He was arrested for child endangerment, driving while barred, possession of an open container, as well as a warrant for failure to appear for a previous court case.
Brickson was taken to the Linn County Jail and held on $7,500 bond. He's set to appear again in court on October 20.
CBS 2/FOX 28 looked into Brickson's criminal history and found that in a June 2016 arrest in Scott County, Brickson was also charged with child endangerment after being found passed out behind the wheel with his then-three-year-old child in the back seat. He was charged with operating while intoxicated on that occasion, along with two others in 2016 - a second arrest in Scott County and once in Linn County. All three are listed as first offenses because Brickson was never convicted in the prior cases before being arrested and charged again.