Police say grandfather passed out

July 7, 2010 2:37:00 PM PDT
Thomas Bass, 47, faced a judge for the first time Wednesday. He was told he won't be allowed to babysit for granddaughters again anytime soon.

"You're other, otherwise ordered to have no contact with the victims without additional adult supervision," said Wake County District Judge Ned Mangum.

According to court documents, Bass put his granddaughters in danger at the pool of Wolf Creek apartments in west Raleigh. An off-duty police officer patrolling the complex in plain clothes says he noticed the 1 and 3-year-old girls sitting on the steps of the pool on June 16.

He says bass was nearby, but passed out drunk. In court Wednesday, Bass never disputed his guilt - only that police had charged him with the wrong crime.

"I think they printed my charge up wrong, too. Instead of child abuse, it's supposed to have been child neglect," he said.

But even if he had to serve the maximum 10 months for two counts of misdemeanor child abuse, it's not much compared to the time he has already spent behind bars. Bass has been in and out of the state prison system numerous times since 1978. He's been convicted of charges ranging from assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury to attempted rape, burglary and a half dozen DWIs.

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