Two Charged After Child Is Found Wandering

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    West Haven Police
    Misty Nelson and Brandon Stovall were arrested after a 3-year-old boy was found wandering.

    Charges have been filed against a West Haven mother and a local man after a 3-year-old boy was found wandering alone in 90-degree heat on Tuesday.

    Police responded to the area of 76 Greta Street in West Haven around 10 a.m. on Tuesday when someone reported that a small child was unattended. 

    Sgt. David Tammaro said a police officer working an extra-duty job noticed a 3-year-old boy dressed in only pajamas with no shoes, standing in the roadway in 90-degree heat. 

    The child was unattended and no adults were near, according to police.

    When other officers arrived and asked the boy where he lived and if he would show the police his favorite toys, he led them by the hand to 76 Greta Street, Unit E 3, according to police. 

    Police then asked the toddler where mommy was and he led officers upstairs to a bedroom, where police found the mother, Misty Nelson, 26, along with a man who identified himself by four different names, and another infant, police said. 

    Nelson told officers that another adult must have left the door open and the toddler walked out, police said. 

    She was charged with risk of injury to a child and bond was set at $1,500. 

    The man was identified as Brandon Stovall, of the same address, and was charged with criminal impersonation and arrested on felony warrants out of West Haven, New Haven and Stafford, Virginia, for strangulation and assault, police said.  

    The state Department of Children and Families were also informed.

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