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Norwalk Toddler Found Roaming Street Alone

NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk toddler was found wandering an East Norwalk street alone Thursday morning, police say. The child's father, whose wife gave birth Wednesday night, was arrested that afternoon.

Jose Gaitan, 27, of 25 First Street was charged with "injury/risk/impairing morals." Bond was $100,000.

Norwalk police say a neighbor saw the little girl, who is 1 ½ years old, wandering around on First Street and was afraid she would be hit by a car. Neighbors knew where the child lived and officers entered her home, where they found another child in a crib but no adults, police say.

After five or ten 10 Gaitan came home and said his child had been hungry so he had gone down the road to get some muffins. His wife was in Norwalk Hospital and he had no family to help him. Police say he appeared to be overwhelmed and was in a rush to see his newborn baby.

Police say they found sufficient food in the refrigerator, including baby formula. They talked to Gaitan's wife, who said she is afraid of him and thinks he might take the children to El Salvador, police said.

Police say Gaitan gave them a different name when they first talked to him. He said that was because he thinks he might be in the process of being deported.

The Department of Children and Families was called, and a baby sitter was arranged for the children.

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