Parents arrested after leaving infant child unattended in unlocked car
"Without an alert witness, this could have been a very different situation given the risks these parents took."
CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) – Cranston police arrested two parents after they left their infant unattended in a car while they shopped.
According to Major Todd Patalano, officers responded to the Burlington Coat Factory for a report of an infant left alone in a vehicle.
Cranston police said they arrived on scene at 6:40 p.m. on Saturday after a witness heard screams coming from the unlocked and unsupervised car, and called police.
Patalano said the 14-month old child was left in the unlocked car for over thirty minutes, without heat, while the two parents went shopping.
The child’s parents, Tatiana Lowrie, 21, and Marvin Bastien, 35, both of Providence, were arrested. The two were charged with cruelty to or neglect of a child.
Authorities said DCYF was notified, and arrangements will be made for temporary custody of the child.
“Without an alert witness, this could have been a very different situation given the risks these parents took,” Patalano said in a release.