Babysitter Charged After Boy Is Found Wet, Alone in Street

It had been pouring rain and the 3-year-old was alone on Grove Street.

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013  |  Updated 2:12 PM EDT
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Babysitter Charged After Boy Is Found Wet, Alone in Street

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Rebecca Quinn was arrested after a 3-year-old boy was found wandering alone and wet on Grove Street.

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Middletown police arrested a local woman after a 3-year-old boy she was babysitting was found alone and wet, wandering in the street early Wednesday morning, police said.

A neighbor called police just before 2:30 a.m. to report finding the boy on Grove Street.

When police responded, the witness had the boy in the front seat of her car. He was wearing a wet blue T-shirt and pull-ups, but no pants, police said.

Police said there had been heavy rain and the temperature was around 68 degrees, at the time.

The boy felt a bit cold, police said. Officers dressed him in dry clothing, wrapped him in a blanket and called an ambulance, which brought the boy to Middlesex Hospital for evaluation.

Police found a door open at 91 Grove Street, about 200 yards away, and found Rebecca Quinn, 29, of that address, asleep inside, police said.

Quinn’s 11-month old daughter was also in the home.

Quinn told police that she was babysitting for the mother, who was at work, and was not aware that the boy had woken up or left the house, police said.

When Quinn learned the boy had been found outside, she was emotionally upset, according to a news release from police.

Quinn was charged with risk of injury to a minor and taken to police headquarters, where she told police that the front door had been closed and locked when she checked on the boy around midnight and he boy was asleep in a bedroom.

The doctor’s evaluation revealed the boy’s vital signs and condition were good.

Quinn was released on a $5,000 non-surety bond and is due in court on September 6.

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