Man found sleeping in car with child allegedly had heroin in pocket

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Hector Munoz By Christina O'Haver Hector Munoz By Christina O'Haver
Hector Munoz By Christina O'Haver Hector Munoz By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- A homeless man is accused of child abuse after he was allegedly found sleeping in a car with a child in the backseat and heroin in his pocket.

Phoenix police responded to an apartment complex near Van Buren and 23rd streets around 11 a.m. Monday and reportedly found 32-year-old Hector Munoz sleeping in the driver's seat of a vehicle in the parking lot.

According to Maricopa County Superior Court documents, police observed a small child covered lying on the floor behind the driver's seat. Police said the child had no access to food or water, and the windows were closed.

The child, who was covered with a blanket, was warm to the touch and not very responsive, according to the documents. The child was transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation.

Munoz was removed from the car and detained. Police said he was slurring his speech and appeared to be falling asleep while standing up.

Police said that in addition to a large amount of heroin, Munoz had $359 in cash. He also had two active warrants.

He was arrested on one felony count each of child abuse, possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 29.