Middletown autistic child found wandering roadway

- FILE - Middletown Police Cruiser (WTNH / Tina Detelj)

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — The parents of an eight-year-old autistic boy found half naked and wandering the streets of Middletown were arraigned in court today.

Nicole Glaser, 35 and Matthew Glaser, 38, of Middletown appeared before a Middletown Superior Court judge to be formally charged with risk of injury to a minor.

Police say their son was found nearly a mile away from their Trolley Crossing home at the corner of East Street and Ridgewood Road in Middletown early Saturday morning.

The Middletown Police Department received three separate “911” calls regarding the child who was seen wandering naked from the waist down through forty degree weather.

News 8 spoke with someone who didn’t want to comment on camera but told us he saw the child wandering along East Street and that the child had on a t-shirt and nothing else below the waist.

Another bystander had a blanket and wrapped it around the child.

As the couple left court, they let Michael Bivona, an attorney with the Law Offices of Mark Sherman, speak for them.

“This is a very good family that has spent their entire lives dedicated to the health and welfare of their child,” said Bivona.  “And we
are working closely with the court and DCF to resolve this case quickly in the best interest of the child.”

The couple left court with a protective order to stay away from their son and to undergo substance abuse evaluation and treatment. This, after the couple went off on an apparent bender Friday night. Police say Nicole allegedy told them she drank 18 shots of vodka and that Matthew stated he had consumed numerous shots. Both, allegedly told police they don’t remember what had happened that morning their son was found at busy interesection and whom police say was almost hit by a passing car.

Both Nicole and Matthew Glaser were charged with risk of injury to child and are being held on a surety bond of $50,000.00. They are scheduled to appear in court on January 6.

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