A state trooper arrested a Winthrop man and woman Tuesday in Lewiston on the charge of endangering the welfare of a child after allegedly leaving a crying, 4-month-old girl in an unlocked pickup truck with a barking dog
Concerned people flagged down Trooper Robert Burke in front of the courthouse on Lisbon Street in Lewiston around 11:30 a.m. because a child was in a car seat in a 2000 GMC pickup truck with a barking dog. The door to the truck was unlocked but he could not get to the child because of the barking dog
, which may have been a pit bull or pit bill mix.
He said the parents showed up at the truck 25 to 30 minutes later. Burke said they told him they had been shopping at a local head shop and thought that their child would be OK because the dog would protect her
Burke arrested Lyndsey Hall
, 18, of Winthrop, and Scott Babineau
, 20, of Winthrop, on the charge of endangering the welfare of a child. They were taken to the Androscoggin County jail.
The Department of Health and Human Services took the child into six-hour protective custody. DHHS will investigate the incident.
A Lewiston animal control officer took possession of the dog. He opened the truck door and put the dog on a leash.
The pickup truck was also towed away for having improperly attached registration plates, Burke said. The registration belonged to another vehicle.