Center County man charged after postman found child left alone in cold and rain, police say

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A Center County man was charged with neglect Wednesday after Rockview State Police said a child was left unattended in cold, rainy conditions for about an hour.

Joseph S. Costo II, 43, was charged after a mail carrier found the child in early April alone in Boggs Township, police wrote in a probable cause affidavit.

The child was “drenched” and wearing a thin shirt, police wrote. The temperature was in the upper 40s. The child was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center for hypothermia treatment, police wrote.

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There was no evidence of drug or alcohol use, police wrote. Costo told investigators he believed the child was sleeping upstairs, police wrote.

Costo said Wednesday he does not have a defense attorney.

Costo was charged with one count of child endangerment. He was arraigned Tuesday by District Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker, who released him on $50,000 unsecured bond.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 6.

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