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Ohio dad criticizes arrest after son skips church, found in nearby store

An Ohio dad lost his job at McDonald's and may face jail after he reportedly believed his son got on a church van Sunday, but instead, the boy popped up at a nearby Family Dollar store.

WXYZ.com reported  that Jeffrey Williamson, who lives in Blanchester, thought all of his children boarded a church van, but his 8-year-old son apparently never got on and instead wanted to play in the neighborhood.

Police found the boy at the store-- about a half mile from home-- and said he did not know his address. A customer, however, recognized the boy and pointed police to the home.

"I told the cop he goes out in the neighborhood and plays every day with all the other kids," Williamson told the station, denying that the boy didn't know his address. "There's a million kids around here that play."

Williamson was arrested at the scene and could be charged with child endangerment, the report said. His story made the front page of the local paper.

"It's ridiculous to me that I was arrested for this," he said.

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