Christopher Evans

Suffolk County Police

Long Island Dad Accused Of Leaving Kids Alone In Cold, Unlocked Car

December 06, 2018 - 12:29 pm

LAKE GROVE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- A Long Island man has been charged with leaving two young children alone in a cold, unlocked car but his lawyer says there's more to the story.

Christopher Evans, 41, of Islip, is accused of leaving a 1-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl in his unlocked 2012 Honda Pilot without the heat on for 20 minutes as he took a third child to a therapist's appointment in Lake Grove on Wednesday afternoon. It was around 35 degrees outside at the time.

"My client tells me he had the child in his sights the entire time he was in the therapist's office. He was looking out a window, he just got delayed a little bit," his attorney, James Misiano, said.

With his wife of 14 years crying behind him, Evans faced a judge for his arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip on Thursday.

The judge did not issue a stay away order of protection because the therapist told authorities that the two were talking about an issue with the third child and as the judge put it, Evans had "bad judgement."

The judge then released him without setting bail.

Misiano says two of the children are biological children and the couple has been caring for the 1-year-old boy, who is a foster child.

"They're really just wonderful people," Misiano said. "I just want to let the public know that he's a wonderful father, I've known him for many years."

Misiano said the family is involved in the community and is raising funds to help children in El Salvador who were abandoned by their mother.

He was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.