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Police say Groton man left infant locked in vehicle

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Waterford — Town police said they arrested a Groton man Saturday after they said he left his infant child in a locked vehicle.

George Ajayi, 33, of 7 Mohawk Drive, Groton, was charged Saturday with risk of injury to a minor and reckless endangerment. Police did not specify the location of the arrest but said Ajayi had parked his vehicle in front of a Waterford business.

Police said in a news release Saturday they received a call about 11:45 a.m. stating that an infant child was locked in a parked vehicle and trapped underneath a tipped-over car seat.

When police arrived, they said concerned bystanders already had unlocked the vehicle to “render aid” to the infant. Father George Ajayi returned to the vehicle five minutes after people called police, where he was then arrested.

Police said the infant, who was less than a year old, was transported to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital. The Department of Children and Families also was contacted. Police did not specify the condition of the child.

The child’s mother came to the hospital and took custody of the child, police said.

Ajayi is scheduled to appear in New London Superior Court at 10 a.m. Monday.

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