Man looking after child in Southington had drugs, police say

Published on Monday, 17 September 2018 21:47


SOUTHINGTON - Local police arrested a Manchester man on Sunday after he was found with heroin and cocaine while supervising a child.

Wallace Hart, 29, was at the McDonald’s restaurant on Queen Street when police were called about a man who appeared to be under the influence of drugs while he was watching a 6-year-old. Officers were told the man, who was later identified as Hart, left the child at a table in McDonald’s while he sat in his vehicle, police said.

Hart was found with heroin and cocaine, according to police. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance and risk of injury to a minor.

A family member was contacted by police to take custody of the child. The relationship between the 6-year-old and Hart has not been released. Police said they are trying to protect the child’s identity.

Hart was arraigned Monday in Bristol Superior Court, where officials said he had been arrested in February 2017 and charged with driving under the influence. He twice didn’t show up to hearings and faces two counts of failure to appear in court, officials said. That case is still pending.

Hart has previously been convicted of breach of peace, operating under suspension and disorderly conduct, according to court officials.

A judge set Hart’s bail at $5,000 on Monday and made a referral that could get him released from custody if a spot in an area treatment program opens up. Hart is due back in court on Oct. 19.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Monday, 17 September 2018 21:47. Updated: Monday, 17 September 2018 21:49.