updated 3/17/2011 3:24:16 PM ET 2011-03-17T19:24:16

A western Pennsylvania man denies he was outside running around pretending to be a ninja, but acknowledges he did leave his 4-year-old son home alone sleeping while he went jogging earlier this month.

Twenty-eight-year-old Ross Hurst remains in the Westmoreland County Prison after his preliminary hearing on a child endangerment charge was postponed Wednesday. Outside the courtroom, Hurst told reporters that he wasn't pretending to be a ninja when Scottdale police charged him March 3 at about 1:30 a.m.

Story: Cops: 'Ninja' dad left 4-year-old son home alone

Hurst says he simply "went for a jog" — but acknowledges he shouldn't have left his son alone.

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But police insist Hurst was dressed all in black and "playing ninja" when they confronted him. They say Hurst claimed his mother was babysitting, but she told police she wasn't.

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 Daily Courier of Connellsville 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."

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


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