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Watertown police find child in car while father arrested for drug charges

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A young child was found in the front seat of a car in Waterbury on Wednesday night when police were arresting the child’s father on drug charges.

The child, who was between the ages of five to 10 years old, was located in a car in the area of 65 Eustis St. around 10 p.m.

Police said they learned about the vehicle after a series of complaints about drug related activity. Police said the vehicle smelled of marijuana.

Inside the vehicle, detectives found about five grams of crack cocaine (golf ball size), 15 bags of heroin, a small bag of suspected PCP, a marijuana cigarette, synthetic marijuana and a Suboxone sublingual strip.

Police said Mendez refused to cooperate with police at the time of arrest and had to be removed from the car.

Mendez was charged with the possession and sale of illegal drugs, narcotics, and hallucinogens, as well as possession and sale of drugs in a school zone. Mendez was also charged with risk of injury to a minor and interfering with an officer.

The Connecticut Department of Children and Families, DCF, was notified about the incident and Mendez’s child was turned over to the mother who was uninvolved in the activity.

Two other men, 38-year-old Jerimiah Palmer and 38-year-old Joseph Aitchison were also arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. Police said Palmer and Aitchison were believed to be living out of a vehicle parked at the Eustis St. location.

Mendez was issued $75,000 bond. He is expected to appear in Waterbury Superior Court on Thursday. 

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