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Police: Child found alone in Dormont; parents charged

Monday, Feb. 21, 2011

A 2-year-old boy was found alone in a Dormont apartment yesterday after neighbors became worried because he would not stop crying, police said.

Police officers who responded to the 1400 block of Potomac Avenue around 8:10 a.m. heard the boy's cries but could not get through a locked steel door, so they called for firefighters, who helped them get in through a rear window, Dormont police Sgt. Michael Bisignani said. Inside, they found the boy alone and the apartment in disarray, he said. The room temperature was 60 degrees.

The parents are Mexican immigrants who are in the United States illegally, Bisignani said. They arrived home before 9:30 a.m. and went to the police station, looking for their son.

Speaking through an interpreter from the University of Pittsburgh, the parents said a woman had been home with the boy when they left before 4 a.m. for jobs as custodians, police said.

Police charged the parents, Raul Cruz-Romero, 24, and Yolando Pablo-Segundo, 19, with endangering a child's welfare. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers also placed a detainer on the couple because of their immigration status.

Officers could not determine whether a baby sitter had been present when the parents left the apartment, Bisignani said.

The child was taken to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, but information about his condition was not available. Police notified the Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth and Families about the incident.



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