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Norwalk Parents Charged for Leaving Children Alone

NORWALK, Conn. – A young child who was awakened by Norwalk police acting on a tip early Thursday thought his parents were sleeping in the other room, police say. His parents were in New York, and their three children were alone.

According to Sgt. Lisa Cotto: Police were told that three brothers, ages 9, 5, and 4, were alone in a Monterey Place apartment. When police arrived at 3:20 a.m., they could not get in. They woke up several neighbors to see whether anyone had a phone number or a key and had no luck.

The Norwalk Fire Department was called at 4:05 a.m. Firefighters broke into the apartment, and police found three boys sleeping in the back room. They woke up the 9-year-old, who said his father put him to bed and that his mother and father were sleeping. He did not know he was alone.

The boy gave police his mother's cellphone number. Police called but got no answer. At 5 a.m., they tried calling with the home phone and Crisly Avila, 27, answered. She said she and her husband were in New York. When police asked who was watching their kids, there was silence on the other end and she gave the phone to her husband.

Hilario Avila Berges, 34, said his mother was watching the children. A little while later, the grandmother arrived but told police she had just received a call from her son asking her to go to the apartment and tell the police she was watching the kids.

Police called the parents again and told them to go to police headquarters. The grandmother took the boys home with her. They were not injured.

The parents arrived at headquarters in party clothing: dressy attire for going out. Berges and Avila were arrested. Each was charged with three counts of risk of injury to a minor, a felony. Bond was set at $15,000 each, and the Department of Children and Families was notified.

The parents had not made bond as of Thursday.

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