MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) – A 10-year-old child was placed in handcuffs in Middletown Wednesday after her father was arrested on drug charges.
“That’s a kid, you shouldn’t be doing that to a kid,” said Middletown resident David Blinn.
Police say the girl was screaming in her father’s car as he was being arrested.
“That seems like a normal reaction to me that a 10-year-old would have,” said Laura Anderson.
Middletown police say they attempted to serve an arrest warrant Wednesday night on 27-year-old Kenneth Ford, who was wanted for possession of narcotics, sale of narcotics, engaging police in pursuit, and reckless driving.
Around 8:45 p.m., police say Ford came out of Woodrow Wilson Middle School with a female, who was later identified as his 10-year-old daughter. They say they followed Ford and his daughter to the South Main Liquor Store, where he went in the store, leaving his daughter in the running car.
Police say they took Ford into custody when he came out of the store. His daughter was screaming in the car, according to police. They say a detective asked her to get out of the car, then handcuffed her.
“I can understand what the adult did, but the child was in the car, of course she’s going to scream, her parent is getting in trouble,” said Blinn.
According to police, they called the girl’s mother, who told them she was 10-years old. They say they immediately took the cuffs off the girl, who was then taken to the police department and picked up by her mother.
“Maybe just talk to her and try to get her to calm down,” said Anderson. “Telling her that you weren’t going to hurt the father, that you just had some questions for them might have been enough.”
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Officers originally located Ford at the school earlier in the night and followed him to Biefield Street where they observed him make a drug sale, they say. Police say Ford then went back to the middle school and went inside. They say he came out after several minutes and then drove to Hunting Hill Avenue where he made another drug sale. After that sale, police say he again returned to the middle school and went inside, which is when he picked up his daughter.
Police say they found Ford in possession of four cell phones, seven bags of crack cocaine weighing a total of 16 grams, and $2,882.
Ford is charged with two counts of possession of narcotics, sale of narcotics, and other crimes. He is a convicted felon with prior convictions for first-degree assault, second-degree assault, possession of narcotics, and other crimes.
Ford appeared in Middletown Superior Court Thursday. He is being held on $450,000 bond.