Westport Police: Woman Left Children Home Alone To Buy Cigarettes

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WESTPORT, Conn. — A 39-year-old Westport woman accused of leaving her two young children home alone while she went out to buy cigarettes was charged with risk of injury to a minor this week after an abandoned, crash-damaged vehicle was found, police say.

On Tuesday night, a patrol officer came upon an empty vehicle that had crashed into a stone wall near 253 Greens Farms Road, according to the police report. The driver’s side airbag had deployed, police say.

A registration check showed the vehicle was owned by a resident of Marvin Place, police say. When officers arrived at the owner’s home, they were met by Susanne Gravelle— who had fresh bruises and cuts on her face, consistent with having been in a crash, police say.

Gravelle told the officers she had left the house earlier in the evening to buy a pack of cigarettes and was involved in the accident, the police report says. When asked whether anyone else was at the home, Gravelle said her two children, ages 5 and 6, were upstairs sleeping, police say. She further told the officers that she had left the children home alone while she went out, police say.

Gravelle was subsequently taken to Norwalk Hospital to be treated for her injuries, police said. Once released, she was arrested and charged with two counts of risk of injury, a felony. She was held on $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear at Norwalk Superior Court on Jan. 23.

She was also fined $2,500 for failure to drive right and evading responsibility.

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