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Westport Mom Charged With Leaving Kids in Car

Westport resident Lisa Keusch, 43, recently learned the hard way that it's illegal to leave children under 12 unattended inside a car.

On Friday morning, police were called to Main Street on a report that two children where left alone in a tan SUV. When officers arrived, they found the children, ages 3 and 10. Police said the children did not appear to be distressed.

When Keusch, of 21 Punch Bowl Drive, returned to the car, police said she apologized and explained she was unaware that children under 12 couldn't be left alone in the car. It is not known how long the children were left in the car by themselves.

Keusch was charged with two counts of risk of injury to a child, a misdemeanor. She was released on a promise to appear in court May 9.

Also from the police blotter:

• Westport resident Stephanie Bernier, 20, turned herself in to Westport police Thursday morning after learning there was a warrant for her arrest. Police said the warrant stemmed from charges that Bernier, of 17 Lees Lane, allegedly failed to appear in court on. She was charged with second-degree failure to appear and is due in court May 9.

• Noelle Anastasia, of 67 Hales Court, Westport, was spotted driving north on Saugatuck Avenue early Sunday without her headlights on, police said. When Anastasia, 21, was stopped by police, the officer smelled alcohol on her breath. Anastasia refused to take a breath test but failed field sobriety tests. She was charged with operating under the influence and failure to display lights. She is scheduled to appear in court May 12.

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