EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — An Eau Claire man is accused of leaving four young children alone outside after dark in cold weather.

Jedadia J. Sullivan, 30, 1215 S. Dewey St., was charged Tuesday in Eau Claire County Court with four felony counts of child abandonment.

According to the criminal complaint:

An Eau Claire County sheriff’s deputy was sent to 4860 Menards Drive in the town of Union at 7:37 p.m. Sunday to investigate a child abuse case.

A 27-year-old woman said Sullivan had left her four children — ranging in age from 2 to 10 — alone in a parking lot next to her car.

The woman said Sullivan had come to her workplace and left the children outside her vehicle. The children were wearing coats but no hats or gloves.

Sullivan is the father of three of the children.

They were left standing, unsupervised, in the cold.

The woman believes the children were alone outside for several minutes. She went outside to retrieve the children after she got a text message from Sullivan.

Sullivan was nowhere to be found when she got outside. She told the deputy she wanted Sullivan charged with child abuse.

The deputy asked Sullivan if he had seen the woman before he took off and he said no.

Once he got to the parking lot, Sullivan woke the children up, told them to get out of his vehicle and stand by their mother’s vehicle.

Sullivan said he left the area and texted the woman again to tell her the children were outside.

At the time of the incident, the deputy noted the temperature was 19 degrees with a wind chill of 10 degrees.

If convicted of all four charges, Sullivan could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.

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