SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The state Department of Children and Families was called after Springfield police say that they found a four year-old boy who had been left alone inside an SUV where there was a loaded gun. Two men, Luis Burgos, 36, and Armando Robles, 21, both of Springfield, have been arrested in connection with the incident, which happened on Dwight Street in the North End Tuesday afternoon.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that around 1:00 P.M., a Springfield detective was in the area to investigate an earlier fight in which baseball bats were used. While investigating, the detective spotted Burgos and Robles, who were talking about the fight. He says that Robles had a gun tucked into his pants.
The suspects then walked over to a parked Nissan Murano, opened the door, and Robles stowed the gun underneath the driver’s seat, before continuing their conversation outside. A little while later, Burgos got into the SUV and drove away.
The detective followed him, and after backup arrived, pulled him over. Delaney says that inside the car they found a loaded .30 caliber semi-automatic handgun, but to their surprise, they also found a crying four year-old boy unrestrained in the back seat. Police called DCF to take care of the child.
Officers were unsuccessful in their efforts to find Robles, however the suspect himself showed up at the police station to ask about the arrest of Burgos. After being questioned, Delaney says that Burgos admitted the gun was his.
Both men are being charged with carrying a wanton/reckless behavior- risk of injury to a child, carrying a loaded firearm, improper storage of a firearm, and having a child under five years old without a car seat. They were scheduled for arraignment Wednesday in Springfield District Court.