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Maria D. Torres/Courtesy of Willimantic Police Department

Breaking News
11:33 am - August 29, 2016

Babysitter charged after 2-year-old found in the road

WILLIMANTIC — The Willimantic Police Department has arrested a Willimantic resident after the 2-year-old child she was babysitting was located on Gem Drive riding his tricycle alone at about 8:45 a.m. today.

The little boy, who was uninjured, was picked up by a passing Willimantic police officer who was on patrol and had been flagged down by a concerned resident of that quiet residential neighborhood.

Arrested was Maria D. Torres, 60, of 39 Gem Drive, Willimantic. She was charged with risk of injury to a minor.

The babysitter arrived at police headquarters about 40 minutes after she realized the child had left her residence while she was in the shower.

She was processed and later released on a $1,000 bond pending a court date of Sept. 16 in Danielson Superior Court.

The Connecticut Department of Children and Families was notified and arrived at Willimantic Police Headquarters around 9:15 a.m. today.

The child was reunited at police headquarters with his mother at around 9:45 a.m. today.

“We are pleased that this incident ended in the manner in which it did. Society expects and demands that we safeguard our children, and that was not being done this morning,” said Willimantic Police Cpl. Stanley Parizo Jr. this morning.

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