New York school librarian leaves baby alone in parked car for more than five hours: police

A city school librarian left his one-year-old daughter alone in a parked car in the Bronx for five and a half hours Thursday while walking to work, police said.

Another school worker spotted the child in the car and desperately smashed the rear passenger window to get him out, police said.

The baby’s father, Michael Dodes, 41, had left the child in his Subaru Forester while she was at the Walter J. Damrosch school on Jennings Street in Morrisania, where she was recently hired as a librarian, authorities said .

The Walter J. Damrosch School in the Bronx.
City school librarian Michael Dodes, 41, allegedly left his infant daughter unattended in his car outside the Walter J. Damrosch school in the Bronx for five and a half hours Thursday.
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She was taken to the BronxCare Health System with non-life threatening injuries.

Dodes was arrested around 2.45pm and charged with endangering the well-being of a child, police officers said.

His LinkedIn account shows that he was most recently the library coordinator for the Queens Office of School Library Service.

Before that, he worked as a library coordinator for North Brooklyn.

The city’s Education Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Post on Friday.


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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