Man charged after leaving one-year-old in car

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Police were called to the Taco Bell at 624 1st Avenue Northeast for a welfare check at 2:39 p.m. on October 11.

A Taco Bell employee said the driver of a van, later identified as Trevor Brickson,24, pulled into the parking lot, parked the van and was hanging around the restaurant for about 20 minutes before leaving.

About 15 minutes later employees at the restaurant went to check the van and found Brickson's one-year-old son crying inside.

Employees were able to use a tool and pry open the window to get the baby out of the van.

Police were called to the scene and had the baby taken to St. Luke’s to be checked.

They also started a search for Brickson. Police said they received a reckless driver report on the van two hours before the parking lot incident.

Officers noticed the van’s left passenger side tire was shredded and had side-swipe damage while parked in the Taco Bell parking lot.

Brickson came back to the restaurant at 4:51 p.m. and was arrested by police.

Brickson was arrested with child endangerment, driving while barred, possession of an open container, and given a warrant for failure to appear.

He is being held in the Linn County Jail on a $9,500 bond.

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