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Norwich man arrested after child found 'abandoned' on New London street

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Matthew Simpson was accused of leaving his toddler alone in the street. (New London Police Department) Matthew Simpson was accused of leaving his toddler alone in the street. (New London Police Department)
NEW LONDON, CT (WFSB) -

A toddler was found left alone in a stroller on a street in New London on Monday night, police said.

A girl between 2 and 3 years old was found by a Good Samaritan in the area of 268 Bank St. around 7 p.m. The Good Samaritan brought the child to the New London Fire Department, which was located across the street. 

Firefighters, who had just returned from a call, took the child to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital for "safe-keeping and minor exposure-type evaluation." 

Police identified the child's father as 25-year-old Matthew Simpson, of Norwich. Eyewitnesses told police that Simpson was drinking most of the day in New London. 

The police report said Simpson met up with a woman in New London and he drank vodka, then went to a store to buy beer.

The report shows the two left the store, only to be offered drugs, possibly the synthetic marijuana k-2. The woman Simpson was with says he went off to smoke, leaving his daughter with her.

She says Simpson eventually passed out, but she was able to revive him. The two split up after that, and Simpson was alone with the child. 

Simpson allegedly left the child in front of a gas station on Bank Street.

Around 7:35 p.m., officers located Simpson, who police said was "highly intoxicated," in the bathroom at Union Station on Water Street. 

Simpson, who is being held on a $25,000 bond, was charged with risk of injury.

The child's mother was located by police, and told officers that Simpson was supposed to be babysitting the child on Monday and had her since 12:30 p.m.  

The child's mother said she and Simpson are in the process of getting a divorce, but he has open visitation rights.

The Connecticut Department of Children and Families was notified about the incident. DCF officials have opened their own investigation into the incident. 

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