Published: Sep 14, 2010 3:17 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 14, 2010 12:16 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A central Florida man reportedly left his 17-month-old child locked inside a pickup truck while he went to a bar to drink.

Orlando police say a passer-by heard the child screaming early Saturday morning in the parking lot of Clicks Billiards. When officers arrived, the child was reportedly standing in the front passenger seat, screaming and crying.

When 33-year-old William Ferrer walked out of the bar a short time later, police say he told officers that he had just stopped at the bar for five minutes to say hello to a friend and didn't drink any alcohol. But witnesses told police that Ferrer was inside for more than a half hour and drank two beers.

Ferrer was arrested and charged with child neglect.