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A Chippewa Falls man is facing three felony charges after police say he left a 4-year-old child in a running vehicle while stealing alcohol from a Gordy’s Market store in Chippewa Falls.

Michael A. Raskie Jr., 35, of 3090 110th St., Chippewa Falls, said he left the child in the car and panicked, according to a criminal complaint.

Chippewa Falls police found the child sleeping in the passenger seat of a truck parked near the downtown Chippewa Falls Gordy’s Market May 4, according to the complaint.

Officers estimated the child had been inside the car for 40 minutes and was “extremely warm to the touch.”

The temperature that day was in the upper 70s or low 80s, according to the complaint, and the truck’s windows had been rolled down.

Raskie later told officers he took a bottle of vodka from the Gordy’s Market store without paying for it.

Raskie was charged Wednesday with abandonment of a child, possession of methamphetamine and neglecting a child-harm did not occur/child under six years or disability.

Raskie also faces a charge of misdemeanor retail theft.

He is scheduled to appear in court at 1:30 p.m. June 19. Judge Steven Gibbs will hear the case.

According to the criminal complaint:

Officers found a truck parked near the Gordy’s Market was registered to Raskie and noticed a 4-year-old child inside.

Officers also found suspected methamphetamine paraphernalia inside the vehicle.

Raskie later said he had used methamphetamine a week before the incident.

At the time, the state Department of Corrections had issued a warrant for Raskie’s arrest, according to the complaint.

Raskie was convicted of felony manufacture/deliver amphetamine in Chippewa County in 2015.

He is free on a $5,000 signature bond. He must not have unsupervised contact with the child, not have unsupervised contact with children under 10, not consume controlled substances or alcohol and not visit bars or taverns.

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Chippewa Herald reporter

Sarah Seifert reports for the Chippewa Herald. Contact her with tips or story ideas at 715-738-1608 or at sarah.seifert@lee.net.

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