Police looking for child’s mom after man abandons him in car

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Police arrested a man Thursday after they said he fled from his car, leaving a young child behind.

Police said the child is now in protective custody, and they are still looking for his mother.

Police said 41-year-old Emil Troy Eckstrom had a suspended license and a warrant out on him. Police tried to pull him over in the area of Northeast 39th Street and 112th Avenue but he kept driving.

Eventually, police said Eckstrom abandoned his car in a dirt parking lot at the corner of 112th Avenue and 28th Street. He fled, but police caught up with him after he broke through a fence at a nearby home. Police then took him into custody.

Inside the suspect’s car, police said they found a 4- to 5-year-old boy in the back seat and a dog.

According to Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp, the boy was left with his normal babysitter but she went to the doctor for an appointment, leaving the child with her son, Eckstrom.

Eckstrom told police he was watching the boy while his mom was at the doctor, but he doesn’t know who the boy’s parents are.

The dog was taken by Clark County Animal Control.

Eckstrom was taken to the Clark County Jail for driving while suspended, reckless endangerment, malicious mischief, attempting to elude and a misdemeanor warrant for two counts of not showing up for court after being released on bail for a previous suspended license charge.

Kapp told KATU News police are not ready to give out the boy’s picture to help spread the word.