Dad admits to leaving behind tot, 3-year-old on LIRR train

A Brooklyn father is going to prison after admitting Friday to getting off a Long Island Rail Road train at Hicksville in the middle of the night, leaving his 3-year-old son and 14-month-old daughter on board.

Gerard Hatch, 48, pleaded guilty to one count of endangering the welfare of a child. District Court Judge David McAndrews sentenced him to five months in prison.

Hatch appeared intoxicated to witnesses and police, prosecutors said.


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His children were not harmed in the April 20 incident, which happened shortly before 4:30 a.m.

Prosecutors said Hatch has an extensive criminal record, and has served jail time for criminal contempt, third-degree assault, disorderly conduct and other crimes.

He was represented by the Nassau County Legal Aid Society, which does not comment on individual cases.

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