WOONSOCKET – A woman left an infant and a 4-year-old home alone while she was out breaking into a neighbor’s house Saturday, police say.
Moments before they located Rondelle J. Hadrick, 22, police found her children in her second-floor apartment at 37 Paradis Ave. The infant was in a child restraint seat in the middle of the kitchen floor, crying and screaming. The latch on his safety seat was unbuckled and the kitchen was a mess, police said. His brother, seemingly oblivious to his mother’s absence, was in a bedroom, sleeping.
Hadrick now faces charges of abuse of a neglect of a child, burglary and misdemeanor assault.
The discovery of the children came about 3 a.m. Saturday, shortly after police were first summoned to Paradis Avenue for a report of a breaking and entering and an assault. A couple that lives a few doors away from Hadrick called police when they were out for a walk and they allegedly saw her climbing out of their apartment window carrying a purse containing $400 and prescription drugs for serious medical conditions.
The 41-year-old owner of the purse confronted Hadrick, at which point Hadrick allegedly struck the woman with her hand and the two began wrestling. While a stranger broke up the melee, the man accompanying the victim tried to get the purse back.
But Hadrick allegedly handed the purse off to an unidentified black male, who took it and ran. Hadrick also fled.
With a tentative identification of a suspect, police converged on Hadrick’s residence, where they located the children in conditions they described as unkempt and ill cared-for. About the same time, other officers corralled Hadrick on the street outside her apartment. Police said she was visibly intoxicated.
The victims of the alleged burglary later identified Hadrick as the woman they had seen climbing out their window with the purse, which was not recovered.
Police said Hadrick’s children were left in the care of a neighbor while she was taken into custody and booked. The police asked the state Department for Children, Youth and Families to initiate an investigation.
She’s currently held at the Adult Correctional Institutions in lieu of $5,000 surety bail, according to the Department of Corrections web site.