HARMONY, Pa. - Harmony police have charged an Ambridge man with endangering the welfare of children after the man claimed his son might have been abducted by Santa Claus on Dec. 21, according to authorities.
Robert Jamen, 26, said he dropped his 5-year-old son off at the child’s grandmother’s Harmony home a few days before Christmas, but did not wait for the child to enter the house before driving away.
“He opened the door, turned around, waved and I thought he continued in,” said Jamen.
According to police the boy wandered a few blocks away before a passerby found the child at the busy intersection of Harmony and Duss avenues and called authorities.
“He said the dogs, as he was walking in, scared him and he came to look for me,” said Jamen.
When Jamen learned his son was missing, he told police he had seen a suspicious man in the neighborhood dressed as Santa Claus and believed he may have abducted the boy.
“He was looking in my car. I thought he was a child predator dressed as Santa,” said Jamen.
Jamen told Channel 11’s Jodine Costanzo that he regrets not walking his son into the house and the entire ordeal is a big misunderstanding.
“Thank God nothing happened to my kid. I thought the worst, I really did. I messed up. My kid didn’t deserve to go through that. No 5-year-old should be walking around by himself,” said Jamen.
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