Dad sobs, admits mistake that 2-year-old son was able to sneak away

Posted at 11:08 PM, Sep 11, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-12 00:08:08-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Sean Rose said he was home with his son when his fiance had left the house Saturday, September 6 to turn in a job application.

"I got up, went out and locked the front door and my son was asleep in his bed," said Rose.

Rose said he went and laid back down and fell asleep.

Not long after, he said his roomates at the time left,  and the chain on the door was left unlocked.

While he fell back asleep, Rose said his two-year-old son somehow got out of the house. He said someone saw his son outside just a ways down from his home and called Chesterfield Police.

"They told me my son had gotten out," said Rose. "That's the feeling where your heart drops, it just goes straight down to your feet."

Rose was charged with abuse and neglect of a child, which is a felony. Now, he said he can't see his son.

"I can't come home to my own son because he got out of the house...he just wanted to have fun, he's an adventurous little boy," said Rose.

He says he has this message for any parent. "If your son is asleep, if your daughter is asleep, go in and give them a hug," said Rose. "Because I can't hug my son right now."

Rose said that he's not trying to downplay the situation, and wants people to know he loves and cares for his son.

"These are serious things that have happened," said Rose. "These are things that no parent should have to go through and should prevent."

Rose said his next court date is October 22.