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Sheriff: Man flees from deputy, leaves child in car

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

Authorities say a wanted man out of Indiana took off running when they pulled him over for reckless driving.

A Scott County deputy chased Seth Swango, 30, down, when he ran off on Interstate 75 just North of Georgetown.

It was after his arrest that a deputy said he made a shocking discovery that has Swango in even more trouble.

"When the deputy brought the suspect back to the vehicle, he noticed a child asleep in the car seat," said Scott County Sheriff Tony Hampton.

Sheriff Hampton said Swango left his 3-year-old son alone in the backseat, while he attempted to flee from the deputy who stopped him for a routine traffic stop.

"The deputy ran the license, he got a hit out of Indiana - that he was wanted as a fugitive. At that time Mr. Swango took off running on foot," Hampton said.

Hampton says his deputy chased Swango across three lanes of traffic before placing him under arrest.

"This is my first time in 18-years of law enforcement, that I've seen someone just abandon a child like this," said Sheriff Hampton.

Swango is charged with fleeing or evading police, child abandonment and careless driving.

"Swango told the deputy, he knew he was wanted and just didn't want to go to jail, and he knew his child would be taken care of," said Hampton.

Seth Swango made his first court appearance in a Scott County Courthouse Thursday afternoon, where his attorney entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. Swango declined our request for an interview.

His three-year-old son is now in the care of his grandmother, who lives in Kentucky.

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