Babysitters Arrested After Children Found Wandering New Britain Street

Two babysitters face charges after the young children they were supposed to be watching were found wandering down a busy street in New Britain, according to New Britain police.

Police said the children, ages 3 and 4, were walking on South Main Street Monday when someone spotted them and picked them up.

“The kids were young, three and four, and they also uh primarily spoke Spanish so there was a communication barrier with them,” explained New Britain Police Capt. Jeanette Portalatin.

About two hours later, someone went looking for them, and ran into an officer.

“[They] said hey we’re looking for a couple of kids and that’s when they were able to figure out these kids belonged to that particular caregiver,” Portalatin said.

The caregivers, 22-year-old Jose Manuel-Lopez and 26-year-old Ashley Devalle, told NBC Connecticut off-camera that they were babysitting the boys and fell asleep. The boys made it out of the home and made it a few blocks before a passer-by found them. The children were unharmed and returned to their parents.

Manuel-Lopez and Devalle were both charged with risk of injury to a minor. They have been released from custody.

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