A Batavia man will spend six months in prison after pleading guilty to endangering the welfare of a child.
Police had gone to the home of 40-year-old Charles Rodriguez Sr. Monday night at 9:30 p.m. to question him about theft at the Dollar General last week.
A light was on and a television in the apartment could be heard. While still at the apartment building on North Spruce Street, officers learned from a concerned neighbor that a 1-year-old child, believed to be Rodriguez’s child, was in the apartment alone and unsupervised.
Police could not locate the child’s mother.
The City of Batavia Fire Department was subsequently contacted to assist in a second floor entry through an unsecured window. An officer scaled the ladder and entered the apartment, unlocking the apartment door.
Upon entering, officers located the child in a room laying in crib. The child was awake. The temperature in the apartment was recorded at 85 degrees. Mercy Medics were requested to the scene and evaluated the child.
An investigation determined that the child’s mother was staying overnight in Buffalo and had allegedly left Rodriguez in charge of the child.
Rodriguez was also wanted by the Cheektowaga Police on warrants for failure to comply with drug court.
He was located at the residence on North Spruce Street Tuesday morning and taken into custody. He was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
In court, he pled guilty to that charge and a petit larceny charge related to the Dollar General investigation.
Rodriguez was sentenced to six months in Genesee County Jail for both cases.