No Jail Time: Plea Bargain Comes Down In High Profile Child Neglect Case

By Scott Sarvay
By Jeff Neumeyer

July 30, 2010 Updated Jul 30, 2010 at 5:58 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- No jail time....that is the plea deal offered to a Fort Wayne father after he admitted he locked his son in a feces covered basement while he vacationed in Florida.

The Allen County Prosecutor's office has a policy of not commenting on criminal cases until after sentencing, which in this instance is set for August 26th.

It is noteworthy that 38-year old Eric Urbano is looking at no jail time, and instead, five years probation for felony charges of child neglect and possession of a controlled substance.

Urbano was arrested in March, after court documents showed he had left his son behind locked in a basement, as he took off with his girlfriend for Florida.

Police say their investigation determined that the boy was routinely kept locked in that basement because he ate too much, and that he was given a cup to urinate in.

The boy told police he often would escape out of the basement through a window to get food or to use the restroom.

The director of Stop Child Abuse and Neglect, or SCAN, says any parent quickly finds out the job takes lots of self-discipline and self-control.

Rachel Tobin-Smith/Executive Director of SCAN: " It's 24-7, 365 days a year. I'm not making excuses for any parent, but we work really hard to help teach parents how do you get a break appropriately, and that is by having adequate child care as a backup."

Court papers indicate the kind of mistreatment in this case had been taking place from October through March, and that Urbano left notes reminding the boy how to take care of himself.

Those same court documents say the boy suffered with Tourette's Syndrome, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder.

Police say the child’s mother lived out of state and hadn't talked to her son in six months.

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