Joseph Smith shares his side of the story from behind bars.
SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A Bullitt County father explained why he was arrested for leaving two children in a car earlier this week in an interview from behind bars.
Joseph Smith said he does not believe he should be in jail and facing wanton endangerment charges.
"We were great parents, you know just bad things happen," Smith.
From behind a glass window, the 22-year-old recounted what happened Wednesday morning when he stopped at the Bullitt County Courthouse to run a quick errand.
He left his girlfriend, Tabbatha Moseley, their 15-month-old baby boy and Moseley's 8-year-old daughter behind in their locked car.
On his way out Smith said he ran into Moseley, just as she was leaving the restroom. The two young kids were back in the jeep. Smith said the children were not alone very long.
"No more than five minutes, it couldn't have been," said Smith.
But it was long enough for a passerby to notify a deputy nearby in the parking lot. The two parents were questioned and then taken into custody, both face two counts of wanton endangerment.
Smith said he does not believe the kids were in danger and even admits this was not the first time this has happened.
"I mean I'm not going to lie, we've left them two in the car before," said Smith. "I mean we've gone into the grocery store and just got two to three things and came right back out. I did not know it was illegal to leave an eight-year-old with their 15-month-old baby brother."
He said the longest they have ever left the two alone together is ten minutes. Something he now realizes was a mistake.
His stay in jail has not been easy. Smith said because of the charges, he was punched in the face and beat by other inmates.
"I can't remember exactly what they said, but something along the lines of we have children and we would never do that," said Smith.
Smith said he just hopes he will get his second chance. "I want to take this and I want to learn from it."
Moseley was not interested in doing an interview, but her father said she is a loving mother and a recent college graduate with honors. He said she has never been in trouble before.
A judge upped Moseley's bond on Thursday to $10,000 full cash. Smith's bond is set at $5,000.
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