…at night, in early December.
“I’m sorry,” is what I heard the boy’s father, Christopher Dalphond, 26, tell Lowell Police over and over as he sat on his front porch in handcuffs Monday night at 119 Lilley Avenue.
He had said as much about a dozen times before an officer finally chastized him, asking Dalphond why he kept apologizing instead of asking about his baby’s well-being, or even where the boy had been taken.
Police were called to 119 Lilley Avenue about 9:51 p.m., for a report of someone screaming. They found the baby, who’s extremities were cold the touch, laying facedown in the backyard, wearing nothing but a diaper, according to police. Police said they found Dalphond hiding under a canoe nearby in the backyard.
The boy was taken immediately to Lowell General Hospital. I arrived to find Dalphond sitting on his front stoop, apologizing and talking to police. Police believed the boy’s mother was in the second-floor apartment, but couldn’t enter because of two dogs that were loose inside. Dalphond agreed she was up there and said he didn’t know why she wouldn’t come to the door.
Dalphond told police he takes methadone, but that he’s been clean for a while.
Once Animal Control Officer Robert Pickard secured the dogs, police searched and realized that the mother wasn’t home. That’s when Dalphond mentioned she was working. I’m not sure if Dalphond initially gave police a false name, but after an officer asked him what “your real date of birth is,” officers determined he was wanted on a default warrant.
He was arrested on that and held overnight. By the time he was in Lowell District Court this morning Dalphond had also been charged with child endangerment.
Lowell Police contacted the Department of Children and Families, which released the child into the custody of his 24-year-old mother, who, at least until last night, lives with Dalphond.
Despite being taken to court on a default warrant issued by Concord District Court, Dalphond was released on person recognizance at his arraignment.