WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) -- A Waterbury man was arrested after taking his girlfriend's three-year-old to a gas station and begging strangers for money, police said.
Around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Wolcott Police received a 911 call from a concerned citizen who stated that a white male, who appeared to be drunk, was begging for money with a small child, at the Cumberland Farms store, located at 1655 Meriden Road.
Upon arrival, an officer was approached by two other concerned citizens. They told police about the same man with a very young girl, begging for money outside Cumberland Farms.
Police said the citizens stated that the man was either drunk or high, and they were worried about the safety and well being of the girl.
According to police, the man had walked away from Cumberland Farms, but was spotted walking east on Meriden Road, about to cross the busy road with the girl. An officer then stopped the man with the three-year-old girl.
Police said the man, who was identified as 28-year-old Thomas Borucki, of 50 Byam Rd., Waterbury, smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech, and was unsteady.
The 3-year-old girl was identified as the daughter of Borucki's girlfriend, whom he lives with.
Borucki told police that his girlfriend was taking a nap and the girl was crying, so he decided to take her out for a doughnut, but since he didn't have any money he was asking strangers for money.
Police said Borucki did have two Dunkin Donuts bags with him.
The girl's mother told police that Borucki was supposed to be taking the child to a local park, located in the apartment complex, and should not have been on Meriden Rd. with her.
Borucki, who police said has had 12 other arrests dating back to 2002, was arrested for breach of peace and risk of injury to a minor.
Bond was set at $25,000.
The Department of Children & Families was notified of the situation and are also investigating.
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