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Wisconsin man jailed for endangering children

Published On: Feb 05 2014 01:43:27 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 05 2014 02:19:55 PM CST
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HANOVER TWP., Northampton County, Pa. -

A Wisconsin man who left 10 cold and hungry children out unsupervised to solicit donations has been arrested by Colonial Regional Police in Hanover Township, Northampton County.

Rafael A. Andrews is in Northampton County Prison, unable to post $150,000 bail.

He has been charged with endangering the welfare of children and recklessly endangering another person.

Andrews was arrested Satruday in Hanover Township by Colonial Regional Police after they and Bethlehem police learned about the children .

Bethlehem police were called to Westgate Mall Saturday by five children who were abandoned there by Andrews.

The children, who ranged in age from 9 to 17, were from the Pottstown area, They were supposed to be in "the custody and care" of Andrews, according to police. They said they were cold and had not been fed for the entire day.

As Bethlehem police interviewed the kids, Andrews was spotted and identified by the children. He was stopped by police.

Andrews had told the children's parents that he is the owner and operator of CPIC International, a Christian mentoring program offering workshops, team building and community outreach events. But the children told police there had been no workshops, team building or community outreach events.

Andrews would take the children, have them stay in hotels and leave them unsupervised during the day to go door-to-door soliciting donations for his organization.

The children told Bethlehem police Andrews had promised that they were going to a Super Bowl party at Met Life Stadium on Sunday. Andrews told police that the children would be taken to the stadium to solicit more donations.

Colonial Regional Police were notified by Bethlehem police to locate five more children who had been left unsupervised as they went door-to-door for hours in Hanover Township. The charges against Andrew were based on those five children.

When those five kids were located, all 10 children were taken to Bethlehem police headquarters until family members could pick them up.

The defendant was arraigned at 3:10 a.m. Sunday before Magisterial District Judge Nancy Matos-Gonzalez.

Thirty-nine-year-old Andrews resides at 451 Birch Lane, Hartford. Wis.

A preliminary hearing on the case tentatively is scheduled for Feb. 13 before Magisterial District Judge James Narlesky of Bethlehem.