Man faces judge for leaving kids in hot car

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — A Waterford man was arraigned Wednesday on charges he left two children in a hot car.

In court, News 8 learned this is not the first time Morgan has been accused of risk of injury to a minor involving the same two children.

John Morgan’s wife had no comment as she left New London Superior court and later when she returned to bond him out, the 60-year-old Waterford man also left without saying much.

His attorney however says what police found when they discovered Morgan’s six and nine year old children in the car parked on State Street Tuesday is wrong.

“They took an interior temperature of the vehicle and it was in excess of a hundred degrees inside the car,” said Dep. Chief Peter Reichard, New London Police.

“Impossible. They might have tested the car six hours later for all I know,” said Dean Golenbeski, Morgan’s Attorney.

“Doing this a long time and I’ve had three of these cases in two weeks. I’m aware of two national news fatalities in the last two weeks,” said the judge.

By setting a $45,000 bond, Judge Kevin McMahon wanted to send a message especially after he heard Morgan faces other risk of injury to a minor charges for allegedly driving drunk with his same two children in the car in Norwich.

Morgan’s attorney says other than that the author and historian has no record.

“Yes good ties to the community, he has a minimal record. It bothers me a lot that he’s had a recent incident in a car with the same kids where he’s exercised bad judgement. He’s exercised bad judgement again,” said the judge.

“I’m not sure that he heard me clearly in regards to the DCF had decided not to do any further investigation but Judge McMahon is an excellent judge, tough to dispute him. He’s one of the greatest,” said Golenbeski.

Even though as you saw John Morgan was eventually released on bond, his lawyer says he will be back here Friday morning to argue for a lower bond.

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