Police: Patchogue Man Leaves Children in Freezing Car to Shop

Luis Lucero Fajardo, 32, is charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

A Patchogue man was arrested Monday evening after police say he left his two sons in a car while he went shopping. 

Police were called to the Patchogue Village parking lot at 32 W. Main Street around 5:40 p.m. after a report that two children were unattended in a vehicle. 

Fifth Precinct officer Dennis Stewart discovered a 5-month-old and a 5-year-old in the 1999 Mazda that unlocked and not running at the time, police said.  

Witnesses said the children had been in the vehicle for about 15 minutes before police arrived. It was about 25 degrees outside at the time. 

The boys' father, Luis Lucero Fajardo, 32, was arrested when he returned to the vehicle and charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, police said. 

Further investigation revealed that Lucero Fajardo did not possess a driver’s license and his vehicle was suspended from being on the road because it was not insured, police said. 

Lucero Fajardo will be held overnight at the Fifth Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Tuesday. 

Police said the Suffolk County Department of Social Services Child Protective Services Bureau would be notified of the incident. 

FUDB February 20, 2014 at 09:03 AM
@Archie Bunk, You post the same exact demeaning comments on the Newsday boards. Don't you have anything productive to do with your day but bash others? Give it a rest already.
Brookhaven999 February 20, 2014 at 01:01 PM
@CO: I don't know if this guy is illegal, or not, but to your point: It isn't bleeding-heart liberals who want to give millions of undocumented aliens legal status; it's the US Chamber of Commerce and most Republicans who are idiotically anti-labor and want a sub-class of workers who are happy to work without workman's comp., unemployment insurance and overtime. I am on the left and I am absolutely opposed to any illegal immigration that gives a huge de facto advantage to those who can get across the Mexican border. We have enough ignorant, unskilled people of our own already, and nothing is being done to bring them into the 21st century. We don't need more of them from Latin America. But your Repub buddies all tell me "oh, no, we NEED them for our labor force." It's NOT a liberal/conservative issue.
C O February 20, 2014 at 02:15 PM
Another person misreading posts. I never said liberals want to give legal status to illegal immigrants. Bleeding heart liberals are always the Ones crying about the fair treatment if animals like this. This trash deserves a trip to prison with a nice beating along the way. May his trip be a long one...and if he is illegal may that trip be all the way back to the other side of the border. I'm done with this topic. It's been exhausted.
Patchogue Snoop February 21, 2014 at 08:31 AM
I did. Every last one of them including some repubicans....or should I say most repubicans......the race is on.....their political hack arses are on the line....country and taxpayer be damned........there are twenty million votes to be had......LETS GET EM!!!!!!! So sick it makes me sick. Our country is shot....has been since the magic man JFK started the ball rolling. FDR didn't help either.
Bill Morris March 08, 2014 at 08:09 AM
Wow! You would think this was the crime of the century based on all of this nonsense.


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