Worse, Jeffrey Williamson says he faces up to six months on a "ridiculous" charge.
Williamson said that his children, including 8 year-old Justin, were outside of their Blanchester, Ohio home when their Woodville Baptist Church van pulled up, according to WCPO.
"'Hey, Dad, the church van's here,'" the kids said, according to Williamson. "'We're leaving. We're going on to church.'"
The kids got on the bus, save for Justin who, unbeknownst to Williamson, had other plans.
The boy ended up at a Family Dollar store half a mile away from home.
"He just wanted to go play in the neighborhood," Williamson told WCPO.
Police were called to the store. When they asked Justin where he lived, he said he did not know. But an employee at the store told authorities where he lived.