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Man sentenced to 6 months after leaving 1-year-old child alone

A Batavia man was sentenced Tuesday to six months in jail after leaving his 1-year-old child alone and unsupervised inside a hot apartment.

Batavia police said they were looking for 40-year-old Charles Rodriguez Sr. on another matter when they arrived about 9:30 p.m. Monday to his North Spruce Street apartment. No one answered the door when they knocked, but police said a light was on and a blaring television set could be heard from inside the apartment. A neighbor then informed officers that a child had been left alone and unsupervised inside.

Police said their attempts to locate either Rodriguez or the child's mother were unsuccessful, so they called the City of Batavia Fire Department to assist them in gaining entry to the apartment. A police officer scaled a ladder, entered the apartment through and unsecured second floor window and unlocked the front door.

Inside, officers located the child awake in a crib. Police said the temperature inside the apartment was recorded at 85 degrees. Paramedics were called to the scene to evaluate the child's condition, after which caseworkers with the Genesee County Department of Social Services was notified to care for the child. The New York State child abuse hotline also assisted in the investigation.

Officers eventually determined that the child’s mother was staying overnight in Buffalo and had allegedly left Rodriguez  in charge of the child.

Police also determined through their investigation that Rodriguez was wanted by the Cheektowaga Police Department on warrants for failure to comply with drug court. Police early Tuesday located Rodriguez at the North Spruce Apartment in Batavia where he had left the child the night before.

Rodriguez was arrested and taken to Batavia City Court where he was arraigned on the charge of endangering the welfare of a child.  Police said he pleaded guilty to the charge and was remanded to the Genesee County Jail for a six-month sentence.

While in court Tuesday, police said Rodriguez also pleaded guilty to a petit larceny charge that the Batavia Police were investigating that had taken place on June 4 at Dollar General store on Main Street in Batavia. Police said it was their investigation of that incident that originally brought them to Rodriguez's apartment. 

Rodriguez will serve a concurrent sentence on both the child endangerment and petit larceny charges, police said.

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