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Police arrest man for leaving kids in hot car while getting a massage

Portland man was getting massage in Sherwood


A 35-year-old Portland man was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with two counts of second-degree child neglect after leaving his two children unattended in a hot minivan.

Khalid Albugami was inside Massage Envy, 16078 S.W. Tualatin-Sherwood Road, when police arrived to check on the welfare of his children, ages 5 and 6, who were inside a vehicle parked in the sunlight, according to Capt. Ty Hanlon, a spokesman for the Sherwood Police Department.

When they arrived, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue personnel were checking on the children, who they found hot and sweating.

Hanlon said witnesses estimated the children were inside the vehicle for at least an hour. The outside temperature was about 80 degrees, he said, but wasn’t sure how hot it was inside the vehicle.

Albugami had apparently told employees at the business that the children’s mother was outside in the vehicle with them, something that proved not to be true, Hanlon said.

Officers took the children into protective custody and they were later released into the custody of their mother.

Albugami was transported to the Washington County Jail.

Sherwood Police credit the employees for taking the appropriate action by calling 911, reminding citizens that temperatures can reach dangerously high levels inside a parked car.

In addition, officers say no child age 9 or younger should be left in a vehicle unattended.

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