A man and woman were arrested Friday after the 2-year-old boy they were babysitting was spotted running in traffic in the parking lot of a Cohasset strip mall, police said.
Rohn C. Hess, 33, of Scituate, and Jennifer Fiori, 26, of Weymouth were charged with reckless endangerment of a child, Cohasset police said in a statement. They are scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Quincy District Court.
They were arrested Friday after a woman called police saying she had seen a man who appeared intoxicated roaming with a toddler around a strip mall parking lot on King Street, police said.
The witness told police she saw the man let the child run in traffic and when she spoke to the man he allegedly told her he did not know the boy’s name and asked her if she wanted him, police said.
Officers then arrested Hess, who they said appeared to be on drugs. Hess told officers he and his girlfriend were babysitting the boy, but he did not know the boy’s name or where his girlfriend was.
About a half hour later, Fiori approached officers at the scene and said that she was the boy’s nanny, police said. Police said she, too, appeared to be on drugs and was arrested.
The child was not harmed and was returned to his father in Dorchester later in the day, police said. The father told officers he had hired Fiori to babysit while he worked.
Hess will also be charged with unlawful possession of high capacity magazines after officers found five military-style magazines, without ammunition, inside a bag with a state health card with his name on it, police said.
The bag was found along with hypodermic needles and other drug paraphernalia inside Fiori’s 2003 Nissan Altima, which both Hess and Fiori had been traveling in, police said.
Acting Cohasset Police Chief William Quigley praised the witness who called police.
“Thank goodness someone was looking out for this little boy – these two suspects surely were not,” he said in a statement.