Police: Manchester dad charged with leaving kids behind during walk
MANCHESTER — A city man who witnesses told police was staggering downtown while two small children tried to keep up with him was arraigned Monday on charges of endangering the welfare of a child.
Vito Paulino, 40, was arrested after witnesses reported two young children had been abandoned about 6:15 p.m. Saturday, police said in a release Monday.
Police said witnesses took the children, a boy, 4, and a girl, 5, to the Alley Cat Pizzeria, to get them off the busy streets and called police.
Officers Ben Foster and Ryan Olsen said they found Paulino a short time later staggering down Union and Hanover streets, police said.
Foster noted Paulino appeared to be under the influence of drugs.
After giving a false name, police said Paulino later identified himself and he was placed in custody on an outstanding warrant.
Officers determined he was the father of the two children. Police said the boy and girl were placed in the care of a relative.
Paulino pleaded not guilty Monday in Manchester circuit court to two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and was ordered held on $5,000 cash or surety bail.