Uncle knowingly left his 4-year-old nephew with a drug addict before the AMBER alert was issued: arrest warrant

Mario Jenkins has been accused of injuring a minor.

NEW BRITAIN, Connecticut – The uncle of a 4-year-old who went missing from Middletown earlier this week has been arrested after police said he left his nephew in the care of a drug addict, according to a new arrest warrant.

Mario Jenkins was arrested on June 2.

New Britain Police released the arrest warrant for Jenkins on Friday, which gave more details on what triggered the AMBER alert on Tuesday night and a massive search for his nephew.

According to police, Jenkins was supposed to care for his nephew at his home in New Britain when the boy was taken away by Stephanie Fonda.

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Jenkins told police that Fonda visited his home on the morning of May 31 and asked to borrow a blue Chevrolet Malibu and take the boy out.

He would have told her no. However, when he later woke up from a nap, he told police that Fonda, the child, and the car were missing.

Jenkins told police he tried to contact Fonda on several occasions and her husband David Fonda eventually texted him saying the vehicle had broken down and the baby had been found.

Fonda also told Jenkins not to call the police, according to the arrest warrant.

When the boy’s mother learned that her son was missing, she contacted Middletown Police, triggering the AMBER Alert.

The boy was found unharmed on June 1, along with Stephanie and David Fonda, in the woods near 5th Avenue Motel on the Berlin toll highway. The Fondas have been arrested.

According to the arrest warrant, Stephanie Fonda claimed Jenkins asked her to keep the boy and allowed her to use the car.

On May 31, she said she recovered the boy and her husband, who escaped from a halfway house.

Stephanie Fonda said they were looking to get “dope bags” and go to Hartford. While in Hartford, she told police they bought drugs and got high.

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Meanwhile, David Fonda told police they were driving with the boy while he was high and ended up at the Wethersfield motel to get more drugs.

After the couple’s arrest, police questioned Jenkins again, who allegedly admitted to police that he lied to his sister and asked Stephanie Fonda to keep the child and allow her to use the vehicle.

According to the arrest warrant, Jenkins also knows that Stephanie Fonda suffered from severe drug addiction and should not have looked after a child.

Jenkins was arrested and charged with risk of injury to a minor.

David Fonda has been charged with risk of injury to a minor and reckless endangerment. Police said they expected more charges to be issued.


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