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Tyler police are bringing new charges against a father accused of abandoning a toddler in a car seat in the driveway.

TYLER, TX (KLTV) — Tyler police arrested a man accused of abandoning a toddler on the side of Rhones Quarter Road Tuesday night.

Paul Hannah, 37, of Tyler, was charged with drunk driving for the first time. The bond was set at $2,500. Around 4:30 p.m., a child endangerment warrant was issued and bail for that charge is $750,000. Hannah remains in the Smith County Jail.

Around 10:00 pm Tuesday evening, a caller reported a child in a car seat next to Tyler’s driveway. Arriving police found a one-year-old child in a car seat on the side of Rhones Quarter Road.

According to police spokesman Andy Erbo, the police who arrived at the scene did not know whose child it was and how he got there. Moments later, officers responded to a possible drunk driver parked at a nearby CEFCO gas station on the Trope Highway, Erbo said. Officers were able to confirm that the child belonged to a man found about a quarter mile from where the child was abandoned, Erbo said.

Hanna claimed he left the child with his family, but Hanna’s family denied the claims, Erbo said.

“The investigation established that this is Paul’s child. He thought he left the child with the family, but the family said no. He was subsequently arrested for drunk driving,” Erbo said. This is Hannah’s second DUI arrest.

According to Herbo, the child is currently with family members and was not injured. He said the CPS had been contacted.

Erbo said: “I have kids and I have small kids and it’s really hard for us to work with something like that. I’ve been here for over two decades and you see something new all the time and we’re concerned that we see some of the calls that we see. We’re just basically happy, first of all, that the baby is okay; and that he (Hannah) is in jail because things could have turned out worse, and we’re very glad that didn’t happen.”

Tyler police arrested a man who is accused of abandoning a toddler on the side of Rhones Quarter Road Tuesday night.

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