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Child wanders from Waterford to New London; father charged

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Phillip Rahilly was arraigned in court on Thursday. (WFSB) Phillip Rahilly was arraigned in court on Thursday. (WFSB)

A 4-year-old child wandering in the streets of New London has a father in trouble with police.

Police said Phillip Rahilly, 28, of Waterford, was asleep at a home in Waterford when the boy was found on Ocean Avenue in New London.

When officers found the child, the boy told police that he was unable to wake his father.

Police said they were able to contact the mother, who works in Westerly, RI. They requested that she come to New London to pick up the boy.

The mother said the boy should have been with his father at his home in Waterford.

An officer was on the way over to Rahilly's Waterford home when Rahilly arrived at the scene in New London.

Rahilly said he'd been driving around his Waterford neighborhood for 20 minutes looking for the child. He said he did not call police.

Rahilly was taking a shower while the child was playing on the porch, his attorney Tony Basilica. That's when the boy wandered away and Rahilly said he looked in a cove right near his house.

Rahilly's appearance on the scene did not reflect the fact that he had showered recently, police said.

Police said Rahilly was asleep. When officers found the boy, he told police that he couldn't wake him up. 

Police determined that the child had wandered three quarters of a mile away from the Waterford home into New London.

Rahilly, who has been previously arrested, was charged with risk of injury to a minor and entered a not guilty plea during his arraignment at New London Superior Court on Thursday morning. He was released on a $75,000 bond and due back in court next month. 

A guardian was appointed for the child as the dad agreed to cooperate with the Department of Children and Families. DCF is helping police with the investigation.

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