- Associated Press - Friday, March 28, 2014

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A Florida woman who was living in a filthy motel room in Connecticut with four children has been arrested after a police officer found her 3-year-old son wandering on a street dressed only in a diaper and blanket in below-freezing temperatures, authorities said.

Police say Officer Carlos Roman put the boy in his cruiser to warm him up Thursday morning and officers began searching the area for his parents. Authorities say they found the boy’s mother, 30-year-old April Pardy of Jacksonville, Fla., sleeping in a nearby motel room with three other children under the age of 12.

Sgt. David Tammaro, a spokesman for West Haven police, said Pardy and the children were living in squalor.

“The room was in deplorable condition with trash, old food, dirty diapers, a ferret and a dog,” he said.

Pardy was charged with felony risk of injury to a minor and allowing an unsupervised child in a public place. She was freed on $5,000 bail and was ordered to appear in Superior Court on April 8.

Pardy couldn’t be reached for comment Friday. A phone listing for her could not be found, and it’s not clear if she has a lawyer.

The Connecticut Department of Children and Families took custody of all four children. Police said it was about 25 degrees outside when Roman found the boy.

Authorities said it’s not clear how long Pardy, a former resident of Derby, Conn., had been living at the motel with the children.

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