Ina Road and La Cholla Boulevard, June 28, 6:51 p.m.
A father insisted that his 8-year-old son was capable of watching over his two baby sisters, all of whom were left in an SUV, a Pima County Sheriff's Department report said.
Deputies responded to a child-neglect call in the parking lot of Albertsons, 7300 N. La Cholla Blvd. They tried to get the 8-year-old to open the doors to the vehicle, but he refused. The report noted that the car was running, and the air conditioning was on.
Eventually, the father came out of the Albertsons wanting to know what was going on. He told a deputy that he and his wife had been dealing with a fraud issue at the Compass Bank inside the grocery store; he also said his son, though not diagnosed, was likely autistic.
However, the father insisted that his son was capable of calling out if the children were in any danger.
One deputy quizzed the 8-year-old to find out if that were true. The boy wasn't able to identify the deputy as a law-enforcement officer; in fact, he at first identified him as a character from a video game before becoming distracted by a DVD that was in the car, the report said.
The father had said that his son would be able to show authorities where the bank was. A deputy had the boy step out of the vehicle and walk toward Albertsons to show him the location of the bank.
The boy pointed north and said it was over there, and then pointed south and said it was over there before pointing in various other directions, the report stated.
The father, the boy and the deputy went inside the Albertsons, and once again, the deputy asked the boy to show him where the bank was. He pointed at the bakery. The deputy took the boy in front of the bank, but the boy pointed at the checkout lanes.
The deputy pointed out the words "Compass Bank" to the boy and asked which one said "bank," after the father told him that his son could read. The boy wasn't able to say.
Authorities cited and released the parents for three counts of imperiling the welfare of a minor.
More Scams from Nigeria
Vail June 25, 9:14 a.m.
A 66-year-old man asked his neighbor for financial help to get $18.6 million from Nigeria, a PCSD report stated.
The neighbor had apparently sent some $7,000 over two years to Nigeria and needed an additional $2,500 to get the promised millions.
The man was "100 percent sure" he was going to get the money, saying he had been in touch with Nigeria's Anti-Fraud Unit as well as its president, "Moussa Yaradaus."
However, a deputy was able to show the man a Web site that detailed how this latest scam lulls people into a false sense of security by using government information.