Chance chat leads police to baby left alone
A League City man was arrested Tuesday after police found a 5-month-old girl he'd been babysitting sleeping alone on the floor of an apartment.
Jonathan Michael Silva, 24, is charged with a felony of abandoning and endangering a child.
League City Police Sgt. John Jordan gave the following account of what happened:
Silva was driving Tuesday when he encountered a police officer directing traffic at a wreck at Seventh Street and Landrum. The officer told Silva to turn around and when Silva responded, the officer noticed that he had slurred speech.
The officer then asked Silva for his driver's license. Silva said he didn't have a driver's license but gave his name and date of birth to the officer.
Asked where he was going, Silva said he was on his way home to the Huntcliff Apartments, 2525 St. Christopher Ave., even though he was driving in the wrong direction. While the officer talked to Silva, he noticed a brown paper bag with a bottle sticking out that appeared to be a beer.
A check revealed that Silva had a suspended driver's license and he was taken in to custody. Animal control was also called to take custody of a dog in Silva's vehicle.
As the officer interviewed Silva, he made reference to a girl" at his apartment complex that he had to get back to because she was there alone. Two officers went to the Huntcliff Apartments and knocked on the door of a unit but received no answer.
They found a bedroom window that was open and crawled through it to check on the girl, who turned out to be a 5-month-old infant asleep on the floor next to her crib. Silva had been babysitting the child while her mother was at work but decided to leave her alone while he went to the store because it was sleeping.
Silva's bond is $10,000, and he is to be transferred to the Galveston County Jail.
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