A father accused of leaving his 5-month-old son in a locked car in 100-degree-plus temperatures while he was inside a Mesa bar and restaurant was arrested late Saturday on suspicion of child abuse and resisting arrest, Mesa police said.
Michael Haynes, 37, of Phoenix, was arrested about 9:50 p.m. outside R.T. O'Sullivan's, 6646 E. Superstition Springs Blvd., after police subdued him with a stun gun. Police said Haynes became irrational and defiant when he came outside the bar and noticed a crowd around his car.
Police and fire crews went to the restaurant's parking lot following reports of a child that appeared to be in distress locked in a vehicle. Bar employees were able to get inside the car through the window before fire crews arrived and began to treat the child.
Haynes emerged from the bar, confronted one of the police officers and told him he was the child's father, police said.
Police said he became irrational, clenched his fists and began walking toward the officers. He was taken to the ground and subdued with a Taser, police said. Haynes continued to be irrational and was sedated by fire personnel before being taken to Banner Gateway Hospital for treatment, according to police.
A manager at R.T. O'Sullivan's said Tuesday that Haynes was in the bar for about eight minutes and didn't have anything to eat or drink.
"Our video surveillance footage that we showed to police shows him coming in the front door at 9:45," said Chris Schweinberg, a manager for R.T. O'Sullivan's. "He just asked us a couple of questions while he was in. He was asking us if we were always that busy, and if we had a DJ. He walked back out about 9:53 or 9:54."
The child was discovered inside the car in a parking lot the bar shares with Country Inn and Suites hotel and a Hooter's restaurant, according to Schweinberg.
The child was taken to the home of his mother, who lives in Gilbert, said Sgt. Ed Wessing, Mesa police spokesman. Haynes and the mother of the child are not married, Wessing said.
At 9:56 p.m. Saturday, the temperature was 102 degrees at Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport, according to the National Weather Service Web site.