Police Say Man Abandoned Boy At Bar In Short North

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Police were looking for a man Sunday night who they said left his six-year-old son at a Short North bar.

Officers were called to Park Street Tavern around 7:30 p.m. by a woman who noticed the child and called 911.

Pamela Hall said she and a friend had started following the boy because it looked like he was being made to go from business to business to sell candy bars.

Hall said the boy initially walked up to her and her friend to ask if they wanted to buy candy for a $1.

"Something just didn't seem right. So we ended up following him all the way down High Street to a couple of other restaurants and saw him trying to sell candy to people eating," Hall said. "I think the kid looked terrified like he was being made to approach adults and sell candy in bars."

Hall said when she saw the child go into the Park Street Tavern, she decided to do a little investigating of her own.

"I said, 'well, who's your baseball team?' And he said the Indians. So I came out, and I asked the dad, 'your son is in there selling candy (for his baseball team) and who does he play for?' He said he plays for the Yankees or some other team," Hall said.

Hall said she instantly became suspicious and asked the man if he had any identification. She said replied that he did not and ran away with an infant in a stroller, leaving the six year old behind.

Franklin County Children Services took custody of the child for evaluation. His name was not released.

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