Charges filed after boy found outdoors in cold

BISMARCK (AP) — A Mandan couple is charged with child endangerment after their 4-year-old son, dressed in pajamas, was found outdoors in freezing temperatures.

A caller told police the child was visibly shaking when found three-tenths of a mile from his home Saturday morning without shoes and wrapped in a blanket, according to a affidavit. The temperature was 19 degrees, the Bismarck Tribune reported.

Twenty-six-year-old Kasandra Denault and 42-year-old Peter Denault made their initial court appearances Tuesday. Court documents do not list an attorney who could speak on their behalf.

The parents told police the boy jumped out of a bedroom window and ran off and that he had done so before. The window was not secured, the affidavit said.

The two are also facing misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charges.