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Police: Man left 5-year-old in hot car as punishment

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Richard Gramlich  (Source: LMDC) Richard Gramlich (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Left inside a car in a hospital parking lot Tuesday, according to an arrest report, a 5-year-old child was being punished.

A deputy with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office arrested Richard Gramlich, 49, of Louisville after he allegedly told the deputy he left the child inside a car for 45 minutes. The temperature was 91 degrees and the heat index neared 100.

The man reportedly said he did it as punishment for the child not wearing a seat belt.

Witnesses at Baptist East Hospital alerted the deputy. When approaching Gramlich, according to the arrest report, the suspect said: "Good. You can explain why he is bad."

Sweating heavily, the child was rushed into the Baptist East emergency room.

Gramlich is charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and endangering the welfare of a minor.

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