CHICAGO (CBS)– A Wisconsin man has been arrested and his 3-year-old son turned over to the state Department of Children and Family Services after he tried to leave the boy with strangers at the Greyhound bus station in the West Loop late Saturday.

About 10:50 p.m. Saturday, the man, 31-year-old Joseph Corter, was seen by witnesses as being intoxicated in the 600 block of West Harrison Street, by the Greyhound bus terminal, police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala said. Corter was trying to get people to take his 3-year-old son, according to police.

When he was unsuccessful in those attempts, Corter “then tried to leave the area without his son,” Zala said, but he was stopped and held by a security guard, who kept him there until Chicago police officers arrived.

The child was not hurt and Corter was charged with a misdemeanor child endangerment charge.

The child is now in the custody of DCFS, agency spokesman Jimmie Whitelow said. DCFS is investigating allegations of neglect against the father. The agency has had no prior contact with the family, Whitelow said.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2012. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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