Newport News dad charged with child neglect

Robert Smith, photo courtesy Newport News Police.
Robert Smith, photo courtesy Newport News Police.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – A 19-year-old Newport News man was charged with child neglect after he was found on the ground in his own vomit, according to police.

Ryan Kashin with the Newport News Police Department said officers were dispatched to the 300 block of Split Rail Circle Thursday for a report of a person smoking what was thought to be Spice. When officers arrived on scene around 9:45 p.m., they found Robert Smith on the ground in his own vomit.

He was taken to a local hospital for treatment. It was then learned he left his 1-year-old child home alone. Officers went back to the home around 10:30 p.m. and Child Protective Services was notified.

Around 11:15 p.m., the boy’s mother returned to the home.

Smith was charged with child neglect and public intoxication.

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