BRISTOL, Conn. (WTNH) — A Waterbury mother and her acquaintance were arraigned Thursday on child endangerment charges after police say they left the woman’s two-week-old baby inside of a car in freezing temperatures.
The baby boy is currently in the custody of the Department of Children and Families after he was found left alone in a car while his mother and an acquaintance shopped at an adult store.
On Wednesday, Southington police responded to the V.I.P. store on Queen Street after an employee reported that they suspected the child was left outside in the cold. Officers arrived on the scene to find a two-week-old boy alone inside the not running, parked car in the below freezing parking lot.
Officers say that the baby’s mother, 26-year-old Lindsay Hoffmann and her acquaintance, 54-year-old Marquette Riggsbee of New Haven, originally entered the V.I.P. store with the infant. Store employees advised the pair that children were not allowed inside the store.
Employees called the police after spotting the two-week-old alone in the car in below freezing temperatures.
“I saw the infant being taken out of the car, and it was not dressed for winter,” said Tina Marchese, District Manager for V.I.P. “It was just in a normal onezie. No hat, hands exposed.”
Police arrived and arrested Hoffman and Riggsbee on charges of risk of injury to a minor and leaving a child unsupervised. Originally, they were each held on a $25,000 bond.
On Thursday, the judge raised the bond on both Hoffman and Riggsbee significantly after hearing from the bail commissioner about both of their prior convictions. Hoffman’s bond was raised to $100,000 after the judge learned that she has several prior convictions in multiple states. Riggsbee’s bond was raised to $150,000 for his previous convictions, among them, promoting human trafficking.
Police said Riggsbee was still wearing an ankle monitor from one of his previous convictions at the time of his arrest.