BABYSITTER OF THE YEAR
PATCHOGUE, NEW YORK- A 37-yr-old man was arraigned Wednesday on child-endangerment charges after one of two toddlers he was baby-sitting was found drunk, authorities said.
Suffolk County sheriff's deputies investigating a family court case peered through the window of a Patchogue home Tuesday and said they saw Juan Reyes passed out with the children wandering around.
They roused Reyes, who was the only adult at home with the two toddlers, ages 2 and 3, according to the sheriff's office. The deputies said Reyes appeared intoxicated.
The deputies also said the 2-year-old was having difficulty standing, had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol. Tests at a hospital found he was legally drunk.
At the time of incident, the children's parents were at a hospital, where the mother was giving birth.
Reyes pleaded not guilty.
***Follow-up story can be found here.
Posted by The Zoner at 12/29/2005 12:15:00 PM