Off Duty Officer Finds Toddler Alone In Car

This article was published on: 06/3/16 2:44 AM by Mike Minarsky

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On 06/02/2016 at approximately 1409 hours, Troop D received an E-911 call from a witness reporting an unattended baby left in a running car which was parked outside a business within the Killingly Commons. The accused remained within the store for approximately 17 minutes based upon surveillance video. Upon exiting the store, the accused told the witness and store employees to mind their own business and fled in the vehicle after being told the police were on the way; narrowly striking the witness as the accused backed out of the parking spot. Fortunately, an off-duty State Trooper, TFC Monahan #805, operating his assigned CSP cruiser in the Killingly Commons heard the radio transmission from Troop D dispatch regarding the suspect vehicle. TFC Monahan quickly located the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed through the Killingly Commons before catching up to and stopping the vehicle. The accused, Maria Prendergast (DOB 04/05/1978) of 88 Oak Leaf Way Chepachet RI, admittedly left her 2 year-old son within the vehicle while she went into a large department store within the Killingly Commons. Prendergast stated the doors were locked but did not consider that a quickly broken window could have resulted in her son being kidnapped, her vehicle stolen, or both. Trooper Patrick Guertin #606 arrived on-scene and interviewed Prendergast. Prendergast was directed to exit to the rear of the vehicle where she resisted handcuffing, however, was taken into custody/handcuffed without any injury resulting to the accused. Prendergast was held at Troop D on a $5000.00 cash/surety bond and is to be arraigned at GA-11 on 06/03/2016. The child was transported back to Troop D where a member of the Troop D clerk’s office provided toys for the boy to play with until the biological father arrived on scene to take custody of his child. DCF was notified.

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