Man faces drug possession, child endangerment charges after baby is found alone in car in Roxbury

A 41-year-old Jamaica Plain man is charged with reckless endangerment of a child as well as drug possession after his baby was allegedly found waiting alone in the car while he was in a Roxbury house that police considered a “known drug location,” police said.

Carlos Maldonado was arrested after officers responded to a call at 5:55 p.m. Sunday reporting the child in the car on Greenville Street, Boston police said in a statement.

Police said a baby who appeared to be three months old was locked in the car with the windows only slightly open. Officers were trying to get in the car when Maldonado emerged from the house and told officers he was the baby’s father and the owner of the car. Maldonado said he had gone into a friend’s apartment to buy cologne.

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Police said it appeared to officers that Maldonado may have been under the influence of alcohol or narcotics or both.

Officers searched him and found a “white rock-like substance consistent with crack cocaine,” police said. Police also said they uncovered a substance believed to be marijuana, as well as a spring-loaded knife.

The baby was transported to Boston Medical Center. The child’s mother was notified where the baby was, police said.

The charges against Maldonado also include a charge of carrying a dangerous weapon for having the knife.