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Eight-year-old boy left alone; father allegedly intoxicated

SILVERTHORNE – Rodney Cyr left his 8-year-old son alone overnight Friday in a recreational vehicle in Silverthorne, then later crashed his car in Clear Creek County, according to police. Officers say he was intoxicated.

The district attorney is reviewing reports on Cyr but hasn’t decided yet what charges, if any, to file against him.

Officers found Cyr’s son asleep and warm in the RV. A nearly empty bottle of vodka and a cell phone sat on a table near him, according to police.

“He went to bed and his dad was there,” said Silverthorne spokeswoman Verna Pottle. “He woke up to officers at the door.”

Local police said they don’t know where the 48-year-old Cyr is from, but they don’t believe he lives in Summit County. The Clear Creek branch of the Colorado State Patrol did not send copies of their reports on the crash by press time Tuesday.

Cyr crashed his car about 4 a.m. Sunday, but he didn’t immediately admit to Clear Creek officers that he had left his son alone, Pottle said. The man apparently rolled his vehicle into a ditch somewhere in Clear Creek County, she said, and when officers got to Cyr, he told them his son had been in the accident with him. Rescuers panicked, Pottle said, worried the boy was trapped under the car. Later, Cyr admitted his son wasn’t with him and told officers the boy was in a mobile home parked in a driveway near the Silverthorne Recreation Center.

Silverthorne police found the RV about 7 a.m. Between 5 and 10 inches of snow had fallen overnight, and temperatures were well below freezing.

They called the child’s mother, who told police she was divorced from Cyr and that her ex-husband had prior incidents of child neglect. The boy was turned over to his mother.

“If you think of what could have happened to a child alone all night, in the big scheme of things, he’s a fortunate kid,” Pottle said.

Jane Reuter can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at jreuter@summitdaily.com

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