Woman charged with leaving a child unattended in car in Shelton

FI-Shelton-PoliceA 24-year-old woman was charged with leaving a child unsupervised in a motor vehicle on April 17 in Shelton.

According to the Shelton police, officers received a phone call from the state Department of Children and Families, which reported that a security guard at Lincoln Tech had observed a 3-year-old being left in a vehicle for a long period of time.

Police allege that the woman, a Seymour resident, was in class when she left the child in the vehicle.

 

Specifics of the law

State law makes it illegal to leave a child under age 12 unattended for a period of time that presents a risk to the child’s health or safety. The severity of the alleged crime depends on the circumstances.

According to state law, any parent, guardian or person having custody of control of a child younger than 12 who knowingly leaves a child unsupervised for a period of time that presents a risk to the child’s health or safety:

— in a place of public accommodation or a motor vehicle, shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor;

— in a place of public accommodation, which holds a liquor permit for consumption on the premises, that presents a substantial risk to the child’s health or safety, shall be guilty of a class D felony;

— in a place of public accommodation or a motor vehicle between the hours of 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., for a period of time that presents a substantial risk to the child’s health or safety, shall be guilty of a class C felony.

 

 

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