Man Charged after Leaving Baby Home Alone

Man Charged after Leaving Baby Home Alone
By: CJ Cassidy

A

C
ape
G
irardeau man faces misdemeanor child endangerment charges.

P
olice say they arrested the man for driving without a license
,
but he's in bigger trouble tonight
,
for what he allegedly did next
.

"S

he's in good condition
.
B
y
G
od's grace and mercy with no water and food
it
could have been very devastating
and Richie's
well aware of this fact
," William Stemmerick says.

B
ut for almost 24 hours
S
temmerick says no one was aware his brother
Ri
chard
had
left his two
-
year
-
old daughter alone in his
C
ape
G
irardeau apartment.

W
illiam was ap
p
ointed as his ni
e
c
e's
guardian when police arrested his brother once
,
but he had no warning the second time around.

"B

y temporary order
,
I
had no choice but to return the child
. A
week later
Richard
was re
-
arrested on warrants
. He was
out late at night
, and says he was only
meaning to leave child for ten minutes
. That's
no justification
,
but he does feel bad
," William says.

"I

f there is a child involved
,
when they're arrested
,
at
the
time of arrest
,
we make arrangements with family or someone to take care of welfare of a child
," Patrolman Jason Selzer with the Cape Girardeau Police Department says.

Selzer adds
S
temmerick admits he never told the arresting officer his child was home alone.

"I

've got a two year old myself
, and I
can't imagine that child being left alone.
They
get into everythin
g, they're
inquisitive
; they're
nowhere near
the
age they can be left alone
," Selzer says.

S
till
W
illiam
S
temmerick says his brother suffers from a bi-polar disorde
r,
and hopes authorities allow him and his niece a second chance.

"I

will take guardianship of my niece until my brother is competent and stable.
I'm
not trying to take
the
child away but
I will hold her and love her unconditionally until he can," William says.

W

illiam's niece
has been
in his custody
since he found her at his brother's home.

R
ichard
S
temmerick is still being held in the
C
ape
G
irardeau
C
ounty
J
ail.

H
e claims he did tell a
C
ounty
J
ailer about his child
,
but police say they have no record of his doing so.