Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Father of 2-year-old who wandered into Ottawa street pleads not guilty

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 8/14/2013

A 28-year-old Ottawa man whose 2-year-old son was found wandering in the street last month pleaded not guilty to a charge of child endangerment Wednesday morning in Franklin County District Court.

Judge Kevin Kimball accepted Justin Vogeler’s plea and set a bench trial for 9 a.m. Oct. 18 in district court, 301 S. Main St., Ottawa. Bryan Hastert, Ottawa defense attorney, is representing Vogeler.

A 28-year-old Ottawa man whose 2-year-old son was found wandering in the street last month pleaded not guilty to a charge of child endangerment Wednesday morning in Franklin County District Court.

Judge Kevin Kimball accepted Justin Vogeler’s plea and set a bench trial for 9 a.m. Oct. 18 in district court, 301 S. Main St., Ottawa. Bryan Hastert, Ottawa defense attorney, is representing Vogeler.

Ottawa police arrested Vogeler July 24 after a resident found Vogeler’s toddler about 10:30 a.m. that day at the intersection of East Fifth and South Mulberry streets in Ottawa, police said.

Police determined the child had walked away from a house in the 500 block of South Sycamore Street — about a block from where the child was located, police said.

Vogeler’s adult roommate was in the home and asleep when the child wandered off, Capt. Adam Weingartner, with the Ottawa Police Department, said. The roommate was unaware the child and a 6-month-old infant boy were at the residence and did not know one of the children had left, Weingartner said. The roommate is not considered a suspect in the case, police said.

The Franklin County Attorney’s Office charged Vogeler with one misdemeanor count of endangering a child. Vogeler is free on bond awaiting his bench trial.

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