Mom Charged After Child Found Wandering, Living in “Deplorable Conditions”

Other children were found living in "deplorable conditions," police said.

West Haven police arrested a woman Thursday after finding her 3-year-old child wandering in nothing but a diaper and a blanket.

A patrol officer saw the boy wandering in the area of Greta and Highland Streets around 8:30 a.m., when the temperature was about 25 degrees.

The officer quickly put the boy in his cruiser to warm him up and called fire department personnel to check on the child's condition.

Police began to search the area and found the boy's mother asleep in a nearby motel room, along with three other children under the age of 12, according to authorities. The motel room was in what police described as "deplorable condition," with garbage, old food, and dirty diapers throughout the room. Officers also found a dog and a ferret in the motel room.

Police arrested April Pardy, 30, of Jacksonville, Florida. She was charged with risk of injury to a minor and leaving an unsupervised child in a public place. She was held on $5,000 bond.

The Department of Children and Families took custody of all four children, police said.

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