A neighbor discovered the barefoot toddler crying in the front yard, wearing just a diaper and a T-shirt, according to authorities
An Arizona couple has been accused of child neglect, and their young son removed from their custody, after police allege they recently abandoned him to play Pokémon Go.
Authorities have filed child neglect and child endangerment charges against the San Tan Valley couple – Brent Daley, 27, and Brianna Daley, 25 – who allegedly left their 2-year-old alone Thursday night while they played the popular mobile app for more than 90 minutes, PEOPLE has confirmed.
Authorities allege they called Brent soon after they found his barefoot toddler alone and “he replied, ‘Whatever,’ and hung up on the deputies,” according to a statement from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office which was obtained by PEOPLE.
The child was found alone Thursday about 10:30 p.m. outside his home, “red-faced, sweaty and dirty,” according to the statement.
A neighbor first discovered the child crying in the front yard, wearing just a diaper and a T-shirt, according to authorities.
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Investigators claim the Daleys admitted to police they had left the child home alone to get gasoline, but wound up roaming the area trying to catch virtual Pokémon monsters with their smartphone phones.
Both Brent and Brianna face child neglect and child endangerment charges and their son has been turned over to the state’s child protection agency, authorities said.
The Daleys have been released from jail but the bond on their charges was not immediately available, authorities said.
Their arraignment is pending, court officials tell PEOPLE. It was not clear if they had entered a plea to their charges or retained an attorney, and PEOPLE could not immediately reach them for comment.
Sheriff Paul Babeu expressed disbelief at couple’s alleged actions.
“We never would have imagined that parents would abandon a child to play Pokémon Go,” he said in the statement. “This goes beyond comprehension.”