A baby found in a car seat in the middle of a Massachusetts road led police to a brutal crime scene in a case authorities are calling “very disturbing” and “peculiar.”
Two women are in the hospital in critical condition today and one man is dead in Worcester, Mass.
At 11:56 p.m. Saturday, police responded to a call from a driver who spotted a baby sitting in a car seat in the middle of the road.
The 3-month-old baby boy was unhurt, but taken to a hospital for evaluation. Police began canvassing the neighborhood and knocking on doors in search for the parents. They were directed to a home at 326 Lovell St.
“Police knocked on several of the doors to that apartment but did not receive an answer,” Worcester police said in a news release. “Police heard sounds of a person in distress inside the apartment, so a forced entry was conducted.”
Inside, police discovered a man and woman lying on the floor. The man was unresponsive and the woman was injured, police said. Another woman as found injured elsewhere in the apartment. A loose pit bull was also in the residence.
The man, later identified as 32-year-old Javier Maldonado, was declared dead and the two women, ages 36 and 18, were taken to the hospital where they are in critical condition, police said. The 18-year-old is the mother of the baby that was found in the street.
Police will not comment on what kind of injuries the women sustained and an autopsy is being performed on Maldonado today.
Authorities are tight-lipped about the investigation.
“We’re trying to piece together why the child was left in the middle of the road. It was highly unusual,” Sgt. Kerry Hazelhurst told ABCNews.com. “There are a lot of questions we have unanswered right now.”
Hazelhurst called the baby in the road “very disturbing and unusual and peculiar.” He could not comment on how or why the baby was left in the street.
Police have not made any arrests and are “trying to cultivate” a list of suspects.
A neighbor who lives across the street from the house said he was in bed on Saturday night when he heard the commotion.
“It was a surprise because it was close to the midnight and we saw the flashing police cars,” the neighbor, who did not wish to be named, told ABCNews.com. “[At first], I didn’t pay too much attention, but then I got up because there were so many police cars.”
He said he believes that the two women had moved into the house about a month ago, but he did not know the people well.
“The police came over and talked to my wife and he said it was awful,” the neighbor said.
The baby was unharmed and is in the custody of the Department of Children and Families. The pit bull was taken by a Worchester Police animal control officer.