Children Were Left in Car Being Towed: Police

Naugatuck police have arrested a Springfield, Massachusetts woman and a tow truck driver accused of allowing children to ride in a vehicle as it was being towed on a flatbed.

The vehicle was being towed from Stamford, but police were alerted when someone saw children in the back of the vehicle as it was being towed on South Main Street in Naugatuck at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, police said.

The woman responsible for the children, Myrna Oquendo, 58, of Springfield, Massachusetts, and the tow truck driver, Benny Rodriguez, 45, of Greenwich, allowed the children to stay in the car because there was not enough room for them in the cab of the vehicle, according to a news release from police.

Oquendo was charged with leaving a child under 12 unsupervised and she and Rodriguez have been charged with risk of injury to a child.

Both were released on $5,000 bond and are due in court on May 6.

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