Bloodied 18-month-old found wandering in New York

Aiden Cruz carried away by police 
By: Ryan Lee Hall 

A little baby was found wandering around all bloody in a New York apartment building, according to reports.

The 18-month-old child wandered away from his apartment in Harlem this Wednesday morning, before a neighbor found him bloodied and covered in feces. His parents were hit with charges of abuse, police sources said.

The child, Aiden Cruz, had blood dripping from his lips as neighbor Eric Moss found him near the heavy doors in the lobby of the E. 100th St. building.

"Around 7:30 in the morning, I heard someone screaming and crying," Moss' wife, Lucia Lopez, 36, said. "I heard him, but there's so much echo that I did not know if he was up or down,” she said.

Her 22-year-old husband found the boy downstairs, and Lopez ran to help.

"I immediately just grabbed the baby and ran up here with him," Lopez, referring to the parents living on the fourth floor unit, said. "He was hysterically crying. I was ready to go," she said.

She brought Aiden, wearing nothing but a dirty diaper, to his parents, Angel Cruz, 22, and Valerie Collins, 20, but no one answered the door.

"I was hitting the door," she said. "They were knocked out sleeping," she added.

Lopez dialed 911 and emergency workers soon arrived.

As a team of EMTs tended to the boy, the police woke the parents in their apartment.

The child was taken to Metropolitan Hospital, where he was cleaned and treated for a minor cut.

It was not immediately clear how the child left the apartment, or if the child took the stairs or the elevator to the ground floor.

The parents were arrested and are expected to be charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Police notified the City Administration for Children's Services to investigate.



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