BRISTOL - A Bristol woman has been charged after allegedly leaving a 12-year-old boy alone inside the McDonald’s on North Main Street for about two hours, asking the staff there to watch him until someone could pick him up.
Bajah Shaheed, 35, of 19 Jacobs St., faces one count of risk of injury to a minor. She is free on a promise to appear and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court on Oct. 15.
According to the arrest warrant, Shaheed dropped off a child at McDonald’s on Aug. 20, around 10 p.m., and asked if the staff could watch him for an hour until someone picked him up. The relationship between Shaheed and the boy has been redacted from the warrant.
According to the three-page warrant, the 12-year-old boy was still at the restaurant at 11 p.m. and, at that time, told the staff he would not be picked up until midnight. An employee called police around 11:48 p.m. out of concern for the boy.
Police responded and, upon speaking to the boy, someone came into the restaurant to pick him up. The woman told police Shaheed had contacted her and asked if she could pick up the 12-year-old, the warrant said.
When police spoke to Shaheed, she told an officer she had to go to work and that the McDonald’s staff said they would watch the boy, according to the warrant. The officer noted in the warrant that he told Shaheed that “leaving a child with strangers at a restaurant was not appropriate childcare,” the warrant said.
The boy was brought to the police department until someone could pick him up, as the woman who originally came to get him no longer wanted to be involved, according to the warrant.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.