Man Passes Out in Field with Infant After Ransacking Neighbor's Home
LINCOLNTON, N.C. -- Police say a Lincolnton man was impaired when he broke into his neighbor's house and then passed out in a nearby field with his infant child by his side.
Clarence Barnette, 46, was arrested Friday and charged with breaking into the home next to his residence while no one was home. He is accused of ransacking the home and removing a revolver, money, and a cordless telepone.
A Lincoln County Deputy called for a detective to come to the scene while police searched for Barnette. He was found lying about 50 yards off the Maiden Highway, passed out with his 20 month old child by his side.
It was about 40 degrees outside, so deputies and detectives placed the child in a patrol car to get warm. They contacted the Department of Social Services, who took custody of the child.
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