msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 3/11/2011 11:11:39 AM ET 2011-03-11T16:11:39

A man left his sleeping 4-year-old son home alone while he went outside and pretended to be a ninja warrior, police say.

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The Daily Courier of Connellsville reported that Ross Hurst was charged with endangering the welfare of a child after police found him dressed all in black and "playing ninja" on a borough street. Scottdale is about 35 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

Police say Hurst, 28, told them his mother was watching the child, but the boy's grandmother said Hurst never asked her to babysit.

In an affidavit, Patrolman Joseph Lane said that he asked Hurst "why he was playing by himself" at around 1.30 a.m. on March 3.

"He replied that there are not a lot of people who want to play ninja," the newspaper quoted Lane's affidavit as saying. "I advised him that it looked to me that he was doing something else. Hurst stated that he was not doing anything wrong and was going home."

Hurst is due in court on March 30, according to the newspaper.

The Associated Press and msnbc.com staff contributed to this report.

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