June 19, 2018
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Father charged after 2-year-old son wanders outside in Fairfield, police say

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

FAIRFIELD, Maine — A 2-year-old boy was found wandering around his Fairfield neighborhood in the rain early Friday, and his father is facing a charge as a result, police said.

A resident of Crane Drive in Fairfield contacted police shortly after 8:30 a.m. after seeing the boy outside in the rain, improperly dressed for the weather, according to acting Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey.

When Officer Casey Dugas went to investigate, neighbors told him the child resided at 19 Crane Drive, according to Rumsey, and a knock on the door by the officer produced no response.

The officer entered and awakened the child’s father, 28-year-old Wesley Grose, Rumsey said.

Grose was asleep when the child got outside via an unlocked door, Rumsey said. It was unclear how long the child was wandering outside on the sidewalk before police were called.

Grose was the only one home, Rumsey said, and he was not sure who else lives at the residence besides the father and the boy.

The child was not injured but Grose was summoned for endangering the welfare of a child. He faces a July 10 court appearance in Skowhegan, the deputy chief said.

“We’re glad an alert neighbor was there to pick up the child,” Rumsey said.

Police also notified the Department of Health and Human Services, which is standard protocol in a case involving children.

Endangering the welfare of a child in this instance is a Class D crime punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.

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