Chippewa Falls man charged after leaving a child in hot truck during robbery

Published: Jun. 6, 2018 at 4:14 PM CDT
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A Chippewa Falls man is charged after police say he robbed a store while leaving a young child in a hot car.

Michael Raskie Jr., 35, is facing several counts including neglecting a child, possession of meth, and retail theft.

It happened May 4 at Gordy's Market in Chippewa Falls. According to the criminal complaint, Raskie went into the store, grabbed a bottle of alcohol and left the store without paying. As officers arrived, they reviewed surveillance video which directed them to a truck parked on Bay Street.

When they approached the truck, a four-year-old was sleeping in the truck.

The complaint says it was about 80 degrees outside and the child had been left for about 40 minutes. It says the truck was running with the windows rolled down, but the child was extremely warm. Officers took the child out of the heat. As they searched the vehicle they found a pipe which tested positive for meth.