Dad accused of pushing baby in stroller in street

Published On: Nov 12 2012 06:06:48 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 12 2012 06:21:30 PM CST

Nov. 12, 2012: A father is accused of intentionally putting his 1-year-old daughter in harm's way. Mary Benton reports.

HOUSTON -

A father has been accused of intentionally putting his 1-year-old daughter in harm's way.

Harris County Precinct 6 deputy constables said they received several phone calls from people reporting that a man was pushing a child in a stroller in the middle of the 5000 block of Jefferson on Thursday.

"He was angry because he wasn't fully paid for some work he had done," Lt. Julio Banda said. "He was pushing the stroller in the middle of the street in front of some oncoming cars."

Investigators said they found David Barbosa with the child in the stroller. The child had a bottle of sour milk, officials said.

"An actual citizen came out with some baby clothes to put over the child because the child's clothing was dirty and torn and it was getting cold out," Banda said.

Banda said Barbosa was intoxicated. A beer bottle was found at the bottom of the stroller, investigators said.

Barbosa was arrested and charged with felony endangering a child. At the time of his arrest, Barbosa had an open warrant for not paying child support.

"Once he found out he was going to be charged, then his attitude changed," Banda said. "He became angry, frustrated and belligerent."

After being checked out at a hospital, the 1-year-old was placed in the custody of Children's Protective Services. Detectives said the child's mother has not been in contact with her family for at least six months.

Barbosa has an extensive criminal history that includes charges of criminal mischief, drug possession, trespassing, burglary of a vehicle and assault of a family member.

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