Police say boy left alone while mom buys smokes

September 16, 2009 10:58:42 AM PDT
Police have arrested a mother on charges of leaving her three-year-old son alone while she went to buy cigarettes. Regina Constantino, 41, allegedly left her son, Alexander, inside their home at 15 Daniella Court on Staten Island Tuesday morning. The boy was sleeping when she left, but he woke up.

He climbed out of the crib and wonder into the street, where police say he was found by a neighbor. When the neighbor rang the door bell and got no answer, they called police. Constantino arrived at her home 20 minutes later. Police arrested her on the spot. She is charged with endangering the welfare o f a child.

The boy and his 10-year-old sister were placed in the custody of the City Administration for Children's Services. The girl was not home, but in school at the time of the incident.

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