Department of Children and Families

Babysitter Charged After 2-Year-Old Is Found Outside Alone

A Willimantic babysitter has been charged with risk of injury to a child after the 2-year-old boy she was babysitting was found riding his tricycle alone on Monday morning. 

A resident noticed the boy on Gem Drive at 8:45 a.m. and flagged down a patrol officer who was passing by.

The child was not injured and police said the babysitter, 60-year-old Maria Torres, of Willimantic, showed up at police headquarters about 40 minutes after she realized the child left the home when she was in the shower, police said. 

Torres was released on a $1,000 bond and is due in Danielson Superior Court on Sept. 8.

Police said the state Department of Children and Families was notified and arrived at the Willimantic Police Department around 9:15 a.m. and will investigate. 

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

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