Father charged after 3-year-old son found wandering alone outside

Posted June 24, 2013, at 1:29 p.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A 25-year-old man was charged early Saturday morning with endangering the welfare of a child after police say his 3-year-old son was found wandering alone outside the Tedford Housing family homeless shelter on Federal Street.

Police responded at approximately 5:30 a.m. Saturday to the shelter after another resident reported finding the boy walking around outside, Deputy Chief Marc Hagan of the Brunswick Police Department said Monday.

Police searched for a parent and eventually located the father, Mark Washburn, in another apartment at the shelter, Hagan said.

“He said he must have fallen asleep around midnight” at the other apartment, Hagan said.

Police allegedly smelled alcohol on Washburn’s breath, although he was precluded from using alcohol by prior bail conditions. He was also charged with violating conditions of release.

The child was placed with family members, Hagan said. Police contacted the Maine Department of Health and Human Services about the incident.