Westport Mom Charged After Child Wanders Out Of Home

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WESTPORT, Conn. – A 43-year-old Westport woman is facing a felony charge after her 2-year-old daughter was found wandering the street in 20 degree cold Saturday evening, police said.

Officers were called to Murvon Court after a neighbor reported seeing the girl walking outside wearing adult slippers, pajama pants and a long-sleeve shirt, police said. The roadway was covered in snow from the night before, according to the police report.

The neighbor took the girl in until police arrived. It was later determined that the girl’s mother, Tinatin Crouch, left the child and her 15-year-old sibling home to go to the store, police said. The 2-year-old was asleep when Crouch left the home, and apparently wandered out while the older sibling was asleep, the police report said.

Crouch was charged with risk of injury to a child, a felony. She was released on a $500 bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Feb. 5.

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Dina94:

I am familiar with this woman and I know her to be a loving, caring mother and I agree with most people's comments on this blog. Why couldn't the neighbors just bring her back to the house to wait until the mother returned? What if she did need medicine for her son and had no help that day? To post her photo all over the internet is shameful and an over reaction to a very common situation. It was unfortunate that the boy fell asleep -- a mistake that could happen to any of us law-abiding, caring and loving parents who would NEVER put their children in harm's way. It is outrageous that the police and the neighbors over-reacted, and that this news venue as well as others choose to humiliate this person by reporting this story.

BigThinker27:

Dina, I'm sure she is a loving mom. I'm not saying she isn't, but she made a very poor decision. In the other story, 'Westport Police Explain Why Mom Was Charged," it says that the 15-year-old was sick and told to go to sleep. Then, apparently, the mom left the home...both kids asleep. As such, there was no proper supervision.

And apparently, the neighbor who called police didn't know where the girl lived, as it says in the other story.

just_looking:

I read that the 2 yr old was left in the care of a 15 yr old during daytime hours. I know many parents that hire babysitters 15 yrs old and younger for night time sitting. I do not see any error nor any crime.
Overreaching by the police at the request of a horrible neighbor. A real neighbor would have walked the girl back home not called the police. the police should realize this.

rebecca.s.brotherston:

The only criminal act here is arresting this woman in the first place. If the State of Connecticut is going to claim this to be an illegal act then perhaps some solid legal stipulations are put into place. From what I can tell there are no laws governing the age of which a minor can be left in charge of a younger sibling. It is merely recommeded that the child be older than fifteen. So now the family know to sleep with one eye open, case closed.