Hartford police have arrested two parents accused of abandoning their 6-week-old baby on a city sidewalk during an argument.
Police said officers were called to the area of 716 Maple Ave. around 7:30 p.m. Friday for a reported domestic argument. According to police, the two suspects, identified as 22-year-old Kenya Anderson and 54-year-old Eddie Stevens, got into an argument and chased each other up Maple Avenue on foot, leaving their 6-week-old baby behind in a carrier on the sidewalk.
A witness saw the baby and brought her inside a laundromat. Police said it was 34 degrees outside at the time.
According to police, around a half hour later Anderson came back and told the Good Samaritan to keep the baby because she didn’t want to “Catch another DCF case.” Anderson, who police said appeared intoxicated, was arrested. Stevens was found at his mother’s house several blocks away and also arrested.
The Department of Children and Families responded and took custody of the baby.
Both Anderson and Stevens were charged with child abandonment, risk of injury to a minor, second-degree reckless endangerment, and second-degree breach of peace. Both were issued $10,000 bonds and later released on a promise to appear after their arraignments Monday.