HARTFORD, Conn. -- An 8-month-old boy was found alone in a vehicle in Hartford on Tuesday afternoon, according to police.
Police said a neighbor reported that a baby was sleeping in a vehicle parked outside 61 Willard St. at about 2:30 p.m. They said the vehicle's windows were rolled up when they arrived.
Eyewitnesses said the baby was found with his eyes open and his pacifier in his mouth.
Police said it was only after they had put the boy in an ambulance and driven away that his stepfather came out, claiming he'd been gone only a few minutes.
Police arrested the man at the scene. They said he will likely be charged with reckless endangerment and risk of injury.
Police said they plan on questioning the baby's mother.
Parents in the area said they're disgusted by the negligence, especially given the hot weather.
"If I go in a store, he comes with me," resident Paul Clayton said of his child. "If I go in the house, he's coming with me. I'm not leaving him, no way."
"It's shocking," resident Aisha Bailey said. "It's so hot out here."