Infant, 7-year-old found in hot car in Columbus

James Drechesel. (Provided Photo/Bartholomew County Jail)

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — Two children were discovered in a car outside a Columbus grocery store Saturday, less than two weeks after a father was arrested in a similar situation.

Police arrested the father, 39-year-old James S. Drechsel, on two preliminary charges of child neglect, both Class D felonies.

A 7-year-old and infant were inside a vehicle parked outside Kroger, 3110 N. National Road. According to police, the temperature outside was in the mid to upper 80s.

On June 19, a different father was arrested after police say a passerby found a 2-year-old in a car outside FairOaks Mall. The father was slumped over the wheel of the car. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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