Manchester parents arrested after leaving two babies alone in their home

Police found a five-month-old baby strapped into a toddler rocking bed and a one-year-old child on the kitchen floor.

MANCHERSTER, NH — Two Manchester parents were arrested Wednesday morning after being accused of leaving their babies alone in an apartment without clothes and with visible bruises, Manchester police said.

Manchester Planning and Community Development Authority staff visiting the property called police around 10:45 a.m. after finding a five-month-old baby strapped into a toddler rocking bed and a one-year-old baby on the kitchen floor, police said.

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Officers noticed that the apartment was in disarray. Clothes were piled up and various household items and tools posed a potential risk of injury to the children, police said. There were also liquids on the floor, such as cooking oil and cleaning products.

The tenants – 18-year-old Megan Bancroft, the mother of both children, and 21-year-old Justice Forsythe, the father of one of the children – eventually arrived at the scene.

Police determined that the children had been left alone for over an hour and that the infant's injuries were severe. Both were evaluated at a hospital and the infant was taken to a Boston hospital for further treatment.

Bancroft and Forsythe were arrested and charged with second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child. Bancroft was also charged with possession of a prescription drug.

No further information was available on Thursday.

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