'Lost' Tyke Taken From Parents

Dad too drunk to remember where he left Dylan in court today
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Oct 19, 2010 2:22 AM CDT
Dylan Kurihara, 3, was found still strapped in his child seat almost a day after his dad left him there.   (AP Photo/Pasadena PD)

(Newser) – For the time being cops will know just where to find the California toddler "lost" by a father so drunk he didn't even know he had the kid—and it won't be with his parents. Dylan Kurihara, 3, has been placed in protective custody with Los Angeles County child welfare officials after the boy was found still strapped in his child seat in a parking garage some 25 hours after he was last seen. Father Joe Kurihara, 23, has been charged with child endangerment, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Police intend to question Kurihara's sometimes-girlfriend and Dylan's mom, who alerted cops that her son was missing after Kurihara was busted for public intoxication. "Part of the investigation is to determine whether Dylan should go back home," said a police spokesman. Dylan, suffering from dehydration, was treated at a local hospital and released.

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