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Bellator welterweight Brennan Ward rescued a toddler this week after finding the child abandoned in the street.

According to Fox 61, Ward spotted the child in a stroller on Bank Street in New London, CT on Monday night. The professional fighter spotted the stroller when he was nearby at a convenience store, and escorted the child to a local fire station.

Ward then handed the child over to the authorities. The child (thought to be 2-3 years old) was later evaluated at a local hospital.

The child's father was later located after witnesses said they had seen him drinking in the area earlier in the day. He was found "highly intoxicated," and was taken into custody.

"We got a call about a gentleman, who was unconscious in the men's room at the train station, which is only about two short blocks away from where the baby was found," said Deputy Chief Peter Reichard of the New London Police Department to Fox 61.

The father was charged with risk of injury to a minor and was held on $99,000 bond. He was ordered to stay away from both the child and the mother (whom he lived with at the time of the incident).

Ward meanwhile is set to continue his MMA career on November 4, facing Saad Awad at Bellator 163. He currently holds a 13-4 professional record.


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