Fairfield man charged after 2-year old daughter found wandering by road

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff
Posted June 14, 2013, at 11:26 a.m.

FAIRFIELD, Maine — A man was charged with endangering the welfare of a child Thursday after his 2-year old daughter wandered outside, police said.

Christopher Whitten-Drummond, 30, was summoned for the Class D misdemeanor offense but not arrested, according to acting Fairfield police Chief Joseph Massey.

Fairfield police received a call at 9:30 p.m. from an Ohio Hill Road resident reporting the toddler was near the road, Massey said. The child and Whitten-Drummond live on the Norridgewock Road, which is also state routes 104 and 139.

The man who found the girl brought her into his house, changed her diaper and gave her a bottle, the police chief said.

Police eventually located Whitten-Drummond, and he claimed his daughter was playing upstairs with two other siblings, Massey said, and was using a computer with a pair of headphones on.

“He didn’t see the child leave the house,” said Massey.

Massey said police were lucky the child was not struck by a vehicle given the roads she had to cross.

“She had to cross Routes 104/139 and that is a very busy road,” said Massey.

The Department of Health and Human Services was called in to investigate, Massey said. Thursday’s case comes in the wake of two cases of child negligence involving the same man.

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