OCALA, FL (WKMG/CNN) – Joshua DeLong, 28, now sits in a Florida jail on child neglect charges after Heather Weiss found his three children, ages five, seven and eight, inside his care alone – while their father drank in a bar.
“When I was walking out [of the bar], someone said 'there's kids in the car, there's kids in the car,'” Weiss said.
When Weiss found them, the kids had been screaming for their dad and honking the car horn.
“They had been here for a long time, and they told me daddy does it a lot,” Weiss said.
The children had been in the car for four hours, with the windows rolled up and the keys still in the ignition.
For Weiss, a mother herself, it was hard to believe.
“It just kind of hit me that when you're looking at a kid and there sitting there crying, you do what you can. You see they're tired, they're sweaty - you want to do the right thing and get them out of the situation,” Weiss said.
Weiss's boyfriend, a bouncer at the bar, found DeLong and she says he, along with two other bouncers, stopped him as he tried to drive off intoxicated with the kids in the car.
Police said that's when another person at the bar, upset after hearing what happened, hit DeLong.
“All I know is he got hit and was on the ground, there was no fight,” Weiss said.
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