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Police say children were left alone in Meriden apartment


MERIDEN — Three people face charges after police went to an apartment to serve a warrant on one man and found five children under age 7 left alone.

Jacob Maldonado, 18, of 20 Pine St., was charged with five counts of risk of injury to a minor and one count of first-degree criminal trespass. Jessica Maldonado, 22, of the same address, was charged with five counts of risk of injury to a minor, hindering prosecution and interfering with an officer.

Reina Maldonado, no age or address given, was charged with interfering with police.

According to police, officers went to a home on Pine Street Friday to serve three arrest warrants on Jacob Maldonado.

A small child answered the door and told police the adults were sleeping, police said.

When officers told the child to wake up the adults, they discovered there were no adults in the home, police said.

Five children were in the home, all under the age of 7 years old, police said. Officers checked with neighbors, and one woman said she is sometimes asked to watch the children, but had not been asked to watch them that day.

While officers called the Department of Children and Families, Jessica Maldonado arrived home and told police she was out getting milk, but she did not have any milk with her, police said. Police were speaking with Jessica Maldonado when Reina Maldonado arrived and started harassing officers and swearing, police said.

A man told police Jacob Maldonado jumped out of the second-floor window when police arrived and was hiding in the third-floor apartment, the report said. When officers checked the third-floor apartment, they found Jacob Maldonado hiding in a rear bedroom, police said. The resident said she had no idea he was in her apartment, police said.

Jacob Maldonado was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court Monday and bail was set at $12,500. He is due back in court May 29.

Bail for Jessica Maldonado was set at $150,000. Bail for Reina Maldonado was set at $10,000. They are both due in court May 23.



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