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Intoxicated man arrested for child endangerment after his 2-year-old son found walking barefooted in Hastings

A Hastings man was arrested Sunday afternoon after his 2-year-old son was found walking barefooted near 15th and Vermillion streets.

At about 3 p.m. Sunday, Hastings police received a call that a 2-year-old boy was wandering around without supervision. The boy was carrying two bottles of Mike's Hard Lemonade. Officers canvassed the area and searched for the child's parents. They could not be found, so the child was taken to the police department for about two hours while the search continued.

A Code Red alert was placed, and residents who live in that area of the city were called. Eventually, contact was made with the child's father.

Officers found the man to be intoxicated and he was arrested for child endangerment. His name is Robert Rasset.

The boy was transferred to his mother, who does not live with Rasset.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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