Man accused of leaving baby behind after crash arrested

Search for suspect that abonded baby (VIDEO)
Preston Denney (Photo provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Preston Denney (Photo provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
(PHOTO: Provided)
(PHOTO: Provided)

AMELIA, OH (FOX19) - The man accused of leaving a baby behind after a crash that led to a police pursuit was apprehended Monday.

Preston Michael Denney gave Hamilton County deputies a false name when they encountered him, sheriff's officials wrote in court records.

He has been wanted on a child endangering charge out of Clermont County since authorities said he fled a March 21 chase.

After the pursuit was terminated, the vehicle involved in motor vehicle crash at State Route 125 and State Route 132 in Amelia.

Jack Combs works at Grandmas pizza and said he was there when the crash unfolded outside.

"Couple got out here and fled through the parking lot here carrying a baby in a pumpkin seat," said Combs.

Combs told FOX19 NOW the baby was an infant. He said Denney was holding a child seat while running.

"He kind of d rops the pumpkin seat and full stride and didn't even break it and hit the ground and the baby started crying and I heard it so I turned and saw it went over and recovered it and brought it back the parking lot," said Combs.

Combs told FOX19 coworkers brought the baby to authorities. He said he was still in shock by the ordeal.

"Is this where we are as a society? How do you respond to that? It's not something that happens every day," he said.

The baby's great grandmother told FOX19 the baby was doing fine.

The infant's mother who also is accused of fleeing authorities was taken custody.

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