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A La Crosse man has been charged with child abandonment after police say he left a toddler on the sidewalk Sunday.

Andrew Barrette

Barrette

According to a criminal complaint, a resident in the 1100 block of South 13th Street said he looked out his window shortly before 11 a.m. and saw a man with a young child in a stroller on the sidewalk near his home. A little while later the man said he heard a child crying and looked outside to see the man walking away. When he couldn’t find the man, he called police.

Officers eventually identified the man as Andrew Barrette, 40, who lives about a block away, and turned the 1½-year-old over to Child Protective Services.

When contacted at his 1231 13th St. S. residence, Barrette denied leaving his daughter on the street, according to the complaint, which said he then “appeared to have realized his daughter was not where she was supposed to be.”

Barrette threw his keys on the ground, said “just take me to jail,” and offered police his debit card, according to the complaint. The officer said in his report that Barrette did not seem to know he had left his daughter on the sidewalk.

Barrette was being held in the La Crosse County jail Wednesday on a probation violation.


Chris Hubbuch can be reached at 608-791-8217. Follow him on Twitter @chrishubbuch.

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