Robert Horsch (Photo: Sheboygan County Sheriff's Office)
(Meredith/AP) — Two young boys were hurt when they fell from a van driven by their father who's now facing several charges.
Witnesses saw the children, ages 1 and 2, tumble from the van into an intersection Tuesday evening in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and immediately ran over to help.
"I just got out," Alexis Heckert told WITI. "I picked up one of the babies. He was completely naked, and then someone else picked up the second baby."
Authorities said the father, identified as 40-year-old Robert Horsch, drove off unaware his kids were no longer in the van. A criminal complaint states that about five minutes after he arrived home, he finally realized the children were missing.
One child was taken to a Milwaukee area hospital with serious injuries. The other was taken to a local hospital, treated and released.
Horsch was later charged with two counts of felony child neglect, along with a third felony for knowingly operating a vehicle with a revoked license.
When advised that multiple witnesses had seen the children fall from the van, investigators said Horsch "expressed disbelief" that this could have happened, according to WITI. He said the children "must have climbed over the seat and opened the door on their own," but admitted the incident was his fault.
"It's extremely saddening that this could even happen -- that a father could not notice his own children falling out of the car," said prosecutor Alexandra Smathers.
The Associated Press and WITI via CNN contributed to this story.
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