Conn. dad jailed after toddler left alone in car causes crash

Oscar Chicas, 33, was arrested Saturday for allegedly leaving his daughter in an idling car, which she shifted into drive and crashed into two other vehicles.
CBS affiliate WFSB via West Hartford Police Dept.

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - A Connecticut man is in custody after police say he left his 2-year-old daughter alone in his idling car and she put the vehicle into drive, smashing it into parked cars.

West Hartford Police arrested 33-year-old Oscar Chicas on Saturday afternoon and charged him with risk of injury to a minor. He is being held on $15,000 bond.

It was not known Monday if Chicas is represented by a lawyer.

Authorities say Chicas' daughter was left in a running car and managed to shift it into drive. The car struck two other vehicles, causing minor damage.

CBS affiliate WFSB reports that Chicas was located nearby, working with his brother to fix a disabled vehicle.

The girl was not injured. Police say the state Department of Children and Families was notified and the girl was left with her uncle.