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Drunken night leads to arrest of parents after son with autism found wandering streets

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Nicole Glaser and Matthew Glaser. (Middletown police photo) Nicole Glaser and Matthew Glaser. (Middletown police photo)

An 8-year-old boy with autism was found wandering a busy street in Middletown on Saturday and it led to the arrest of his parents.

Police said 35-year-old Nicole Glaser and 39-year-old Matthew Glaser admitted to drinking several shots of vodka the night before and didn't remember what happened.

Officers were called to the intersection of East Street and Ridgewood Road for a report of a child in the road.

They said they received three separate 911 calls about the child almost getting hit.

When they arrived, they found that the boy had made it to the other side of the road. They said he was naked from the waist down and his feet were muddy and grassy.

The temperature outside was 40 degrees and he was about a mile away from his home.

Police said they later learned that the boy left home without his parents' knowledge.

Both Nicole Glaser and Matthew Glaser were charged with risk of injury to a minor and were held on $50,000 bonds. They appeared in court on Monday.

In a statement to Eyewitness News, the Glasers' lawyer said despite the accusations, his clients have “no prior DCF history and by all accounts have dedicated themselves to the heath and welfare of their child. We will work quickly with the court and DCF to ensure a quick and fair resolution of the case.”

"This is a very good family who spent their entire lives dedicated to the health, the welfare of their child. We're working closely with the court and DCF to resolve this case quickly in the best interest of the child," Attorney Michael Bivona said on Monday.

Both parents are due back in court on Jan. 5.

The child was with his aunt while his parents were in jail, but he will be placed back with his parents on Monday.

The Glasers have been ordered to get an alarm system for their doors, and to also undergo a substance abuse evaluation. 

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