STANFORD — A Stanford man was arrested Friday at Cedar Creek Lake on multiple charges related to leaving minor children alone there, including a 4-year-old who witnesses say had to be rescued from nearly drowning.
Eric D. Jarboe, 44, was charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place and two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. He also had warrants for nonpayment of fines and alcohol intoxication.
A group swimming at the popular beach off U.S. 150 east of Stanford called Lincoln County Sheriff Curt Folger to report an obviously intoxicated man had left kids there.
“They stated there was a guy who left without the kids and the little one about drowned,” he said. “One of the women’s daughters saved him.”
Folger believes the man was babysitting the children. Jarboe apparently left at some point but later returned.
The callers were able to stall Jarboe until Folger arrived, the sheriff said.
“He intended to put them in the car and drive off,” he said.
Jarboe told the sheriff he had consumed a lot of beer.
“He had not put any sunscreen on the kids, either,” Folger said.
Folger said the children were turned over to a family member.
Jarboe was released from the Lincoln County Regional Jail the next day on a $5,000 unsecured bond.