A Connecticut mother who allegedly left her two young children at home alone while she was on vacation told them to stay in the basement and “eat candy… (or) something,” according to an affidavit released Thursday.
The document contains many details that led to the arrest of a 36-year-old woman over the weekend in Watertown, Connecticut.
The police did not say where she went or what her relationship with the children was. The affidavit supporting the arrest warrant specifies that she is the mother of children aged 9 and 11 and that she left for Florida with her boyfriend, reports the Hartford Courant.
She also works as an eighth grade teacher in nearby Waterbury. The school district announced this week that she has been suspended while the case is being investigated.
The children were reportedly left alone from 20 to 22 November, skipping school on the last day.
According to the affidavit, their father – the woman’s ex-husband – could not contact them at the time. He asked his father to go to their house; the older man reported that no one answered his knock.
The next time the father saw his son and daughter, he asked them if they were alone. They denied it—but he remained suspicious. On the phone of one of the children, he found a correspondence that said that their mother was out of town this weekend, and the children were left unattended.
In one message, the mother reportedly told the children to stay in the basement. In another, a child asked what they had for dinner, and the woman replied, “Just eat candy. I’m sorry… whatever’s down there. … I’ll do it for you.”
While their grandfather tried to contact them, the children informed their mother that someone was outside, but they did not open the door, the affidavit says.
When the police questioned the woman about her ex-husband’s allegations, she said her brother had been babysitting while she was out of town. However, the brother at first claimed that he did not remember, and then said that he “did not want to interfere” in this matter.
The children eventually confirmed they were alone, the affidavit says.
The mother was charged with two counts of risk of minor injury and reckless endangerment of the second degree, both felony. Her first court date is January 25th.