Father who left 10-month-old in car arrested

| tcullen@queenscourier.com |


Police from the 106th Precinct rescued a baby locked in a red Mitsubishi in back of a Cross Bay Blvd laundromat in Woodhaven Queens this afternoon, in a broiling 100 degree temperatures in the vehicle. The father was arrested as he was doing laundry. Police Officer Feminas carried baby to ambulance to take to Jamaica Hospital.

Someone saw something and said something.

A father was arrested and charged after he left his 10-month-old daughter in the back of his car outside a laundromat in Ozone Park, officials said.

Robert Brown, 37, was picked up by police on Sunday, August 26 near a laundromat on Cross Bay Boulevard. In the back of his red Mitsubishi was his daughter, whom police say Brown left in the car while he was inside. Reports say the vehicle’s windows were rolled up and the air conditioner was off, though Brown had left a fan on.

He was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, according to a complaint from the district attorney’s office.

The owner of Cross Bay Laundromat, who would not give his name, said when he came in, he found a number of police cars at the back entrance. Beyond that, he said he still was not sure what happened.

“He [Brown] was washing in here and that’s it,” he said. “It all happened so fast. The good thing is the kid is okay.”

A woman who works there, who also declined to give her name, said a customer came in saying the girl was crying in the car. After that, someone called 9-1-1 and the police were there almost immediately, she said.

“Someone said the baby was crying,” the woman said.

At Brown’s home, no one answered the door, and as of press time it was not clear from the Administration for Children’s Services what would happen to the child.

  • http://www.facebook.com/al.cinamon Al Cinamon

    Warped priorities. Yes, leaving a child in the car is bad. But, you know what? If he had hit and killed a child with his car he would not be arrested. No charges would be filed and he would be free to go and have a nice day.

    • Val

      So Al, what are you saying?…….I don’t believe that a person would not have charges filed against them if they hit a child with their car unless the child was not being properly attended to and ran out into the street and couldn’t be avoided. THAT is the only instance that I can think of that would not warrant a charge, so I don’t know where you got that or why you would even say such a thing (maybe to minimize the severity of THIS situation?). And leaving a child in a car is not just “bad”, it’s incredibly stupid, irresponsible and deadly behavior. He is very lucky that something worse didn’t happen to that poor little girl that I HOPE he has more regard for her in the future. No doubt the court will see to it that he does.