I honestly think they should make parental wannabes out there to fill out an application and take some sort of screening to hopefully prevent asshat decisions like this one..

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A Salinas man has been arrested on child endangerment charges after allegedly leaving his children in the care of a transient.

According to the Salinas police department, officers arrested Jerry Timmons, 37, early Tuesday after he reportedly admitted asking the transient to watch his children.

Officials say the unidentified transient, a known ex-parolee and drug user, was spotted at 12:30 a.m. pushing the two children, aged 3 and 4, in a shopping cart. The children were observed to be cold, dirty, hungry and tired, police claim.

The transient explained that a man had earlier asked him to watch his children and disappeared.

As officers were collecting the information, Timmons arrived and allegedly told them he was in the area searching for his ex-wife and confirmed he had asked the transient to watch the kids.

Timmons was arrested at the scene on the child endangerment charges as well as a probation violation and booked into Monterey County Jail.

The children were taken to the police station where they were fed and eventually turned over to a social worker.