Wandering Child Leads to Westport Mother’s Arrest

The child appeared to be about 2 years old and was wearing adult slippers, long pajama pants, a long sleeve t-shirt and no jacket, police said.

Westport police responded on Saturday to Murvon Court in Westport after someone called to report a young girl was wondering in the roadway, police said.

The girl appeared to be about 2 years old and was wearing adult slippers, long pajama pants, a long sleeve t-shirt and no jacket, the police report stated.

The temperate outside was in the 20s, and the road was covered in snow from the evening before, police said. Neighbors reportedly took the child in and notified police.

Police determined that the mother left her two children, ages 2 and 15, home alone while she went to the store. The 2-year-old was asleep at the time and apparently she wandered out of the house when the older child fell asleep, police said.

Westport police charged 43-year-old Tinatin Crouch, of 12 Murvon Ct., with risk of injury to a child.

Crouch was released from custody after posting a $500 cash-only bond. She is scheduled to appear Feb. 5 in state Superiour Court in Nowalk.

Editor's note: This article originally was published by Westport Patch.

Chris January 31, 2013 at 03:19 AM
Same thing happened to me in Darien about a decade ago. I was driving on Camp Avenue and saw a toddler about six feet from a busy road at 8PM on a summer Saturday night and no adult in sight. There were many cars driving by but I was the only one who pulled over and walked back about 100 feet to the girl and walked her back to her front door. The TV was blaring the Little Mermaid. I knocked on the storm door and got no response. I opened the door and yelled in until a girl about 12 or 13 appeared from the kitchen. The toddler had just opened the door and walked out. I didn't have a cell phone on me but calling the cops and having someone arrested never entered my mind. I sure wasn't taking the kid to my car to keep her safe, I would have been the one who ended up in jail. I was scared to even hold her hand as I walked her back to her front door.
linda Fitzpatrick January 31, 2013 at 11:25 AM
She left the child with a 15 year old to run to the store.....who apparently was not watching the little girl very well. How long was she gone? Did she tell the 15 year old they were in charge while she shopped? How does she end up arrested? Is there more to the story??
Local Thoughts January 31, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Easy Thomas. Put down the letter opener and step away from the keyboard. This is from the Connecticut Attorney General's Office Child Protection Department: "Connecticut law does not specify at what age a child may be left home alone. When deciding whether or not to leave a child home alone, a parent should consider the child's age. Many experts believe that a children should be at least 12 years of age before they are allowed to stay home alone. Experts also believe that children should be over the age of 15 before caring for a younger sibling. Additionally, parents should consider other factor's when deciding if their child is ready to stay at home alone. A child's maturity should be considered. Also, a child's ability to handle urgent situations should be reviewed. A parent should also take into account the environment in which the child will be alone, and the child's feelings about being alone." So it appears as though no laws were broken and the root of the problem was an irresponsible teenager. A good lawyer should be able to get the charge thrown out.
linda Fitzpatrick January 31, 2013 at 04:08 PM
unless there is more to the story you are correct.....to arrest her? That is a bit much....
Cath February 02, 2013 at 10:31 PM
it's not a bit much. she could have died of hypothermia or gotten run over by a car. I'll take an arrest over a dead child any day!


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