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Dad found sleeping in car with child in the backseat, unrestrained

LOCKPORT – A father faces endangering charges and an investigation by child protective services after he and a female passenger were found asleep in a car while his daughter, who was under 4, was crawling around in the back seat Monday afternoon.

The girl’s father, Shane A. McKay, 27, of Phillips Road, Appleton, was charged with possession of a hypodermic needle, endangering the welfare of a child and a backseat passenger younger than 4 who was improperly restrained. He was held in Niagara County Jail on $500 bail. A return court date for the Town of Lockport was set for Aug. 6. The passenger, identified as his girlfriend, was not charged. Another woman came to pick up both the girlfriend and the child.

Niagara County sheriff’s deputies and State police found the vehicle at 3 p.m. Monday parked on the north side of Dysinger Road. The girlfriend said she was tired and had fallen asleep and said McKay was narcoleptic and had fallen asleep as well.

McKay was awakened and told deputies he had a long day and was on medication for narcolepsy. When he was asked to step out of the car, deputies saw a hypodermic needle between his legs, which he eventually admitted was his.

Deputies said there was a car seat in the rear of the vehicle, but it was improperly installed.