Dad leaves kids inside running vehicle, goes into Tempe bar

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Maurice Morgan By Jennifer Thomas Maurice Morgan By Jennifer Thomas

TEMPE -- A Phoenix man was arrested after he reportedly left his three kids inside a running vehicle and went into a bar.

A Tempe police officer responded to Graham Central Station near Priest Drive and Eilliot Road Sunday evening and found three young children unattended and unrestrained in the back seat of a running vehicle.

The officer contacted the club's management and asked them to page the owner of the vehicle.

Maurice Morgan, 28, approached the vehicle and told the officer that he entered the bar with a friend and that his wife was coming to pick up the kids. Police said this could not be confirmed.

The investigation revealed that the children, ages, 3, 2 and 6 months, were left unattended for 30 to 60 minutes. Morgan reportedly told the officer that he never checked on the children during this time.

Morgan was placed under arrested and booked into Tempe City Jail. He is facing three counts of child abuse.