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Columbus caregiver admits leaving boy with special needs in car while he played video games

COLUMBUS (WCMH) -- A Columbus man accused of leaving a 9-year-old boy with special needs alone in a car while he went into Dave & Busters to play video games was surprisingly candid about the allegation when NBC4 knocked on his door.

Dylan Behr faces a misdemeanor count of child endangering and admits he made a mistake.

“I mean I left a kid with disabilities in a car. You know that much already. Would anyone have done that? Should anyone have done that? No. That’s it,” he said.

Behr said the child was alone less than 15-minutes but his employer, Homewatch Caregivers, said it was “totally unacceptable.”

The owner of Homewatch Caregivers’ Columbus franchise, Jon Hersh, said all employees are monitored by GPS and by randomly stopping by. Hersh also said the company thoroughly screened Behr as it does with all employees, with background checks, fingerprinting and more.

“In addition we’ll check other registries.  Everything from the elder abuse and sexual abuse registry to make sure they haven’t been an offender in any way.  And of course over and above that we’ll do drug testing,” said Hersh.

Behr admits he should’ve lost his job.

“If I was them I would’ve fired me. And I wouldn’t have me back,” said Behr.

But he hopes to re-enter the home healthcare field again someday.

“I would love to. I certainly enjoyed the job but other than that it would probably be between 3-7 years before I have that option again,” he said.

Behr is due in Franklin County Court July 13th. 


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