Dad who went drinking and left kids in minivan is sentenced

Dad who went drinking and left kids in minivan is sentenced
Charles R. Bibbs

An Omaha man who left his two children in a minivan overnight while he went drinking and then went home with a woman was sentenced Tuesday to probation.

Charles Bibbs, 29, must serve three years of probation on one charge of intentional child abuse. A second child abuse charge had been dropped in exchange for a guilty plea on the first.

Bibbs had faced a maximum of three years in prison.

Officials said Bibbs left his two boys, then ages 4 and 5, in an unlocked minivan in a parking lot for hours while he went to a bar and then to a woman’s apartment.

The kids were alone with a dog in the unlocked and running van during a stormy night on June 2.

A woman who noticed the van called police the next morning and gave the boys Honey Nut Cheerios to eat. Omaha police officers bought juice and doughnuts for them.

Bibbs had been released from prison just hours before that night after serving time on a charge of fourth-offense drunken driving.

The children have been named wards of the state. A juvenile neglect case is still pending.

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