Bond set for dad accused of leaving child in car

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — The Groton father accused of leaving his baby in a sweltering hot car yesterday was in court Wednesday. The 6-month-old girl is OK, but it could have been a tragedy.

The baby was left in a car outside a Shop Rite on North Frontage Road, off I-95.

Brian Pavao says he was distracted, that’s why he left his infant daughter in a very hot car.

“You have war veterans, you have stay at home moms, you have working moms, working dad,  it happens to everybody,” said his lawyer in court.

News 8 is learning more now about 33-year-old Brian Pavao. The father of four has two part time jobs, doesn’t have an extensive criminal record, and says he forgot his sleeping daughter in the car when he went into this Shop Rite because he was texting.

He tells New London police “… as he was parking he was receiving text messages and responding to text messages, which he claims distracted him…”

“I hate hearing things like that, it’s awful. They shouldn’t have kids. I have a daughter and I would never leave her in a car, I would never leave her anywhere.,” said Diane Sizer, New London.

A passerby noticed the infant in the back seat Tuesday and when police arrived the temperature was around 130 degrees

“The seriousness of this charge and what could have happened,” said Judge Kevin McMahon.

This led Judge Kevin McMahon to set bond at $25,000.

“This one is a little bit more than stupid, this is closer to the criminal side in my mind,” said McMahon.

No one answered at Pavao’s Groton home where he lives with his daughter and her mother. We are told DCF is now involved and if Pavao makes bond he will not be able to have any unsupervised contact with the child.

When police first picked him up he asked them “Can (you) roll down my window?”

“I got out of the car cause it’s way too hot. I would never leave any kids in the car, anyone in the car,” said Sizer.

Pavao was ordered held on 25,000 dollars bond.

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