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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Wandering Toddler Leads to Mom’s Arrest

UPDATE A Westport mother has a date in court next week on risk of injury to a child charges after her 2-year-old daughter was seen wandering in the street in light clothing in frigid temperatures.

Police said Tinatin Crouch, 43, was charged on Saturday after neighbors spotted the child on Murvon Court wearing only a long-sleeved t-shirt and adult slippers, police said. The child was brought to the Westport Police Department where her mother came to pick up the girl.

Police said they later learned that the mother had left both her children, ages 15 and 2, at home when she went shopping. The toddler, who had been sleeping, wandered out when her sibling fell asleep, police said.

In explaining the charge, police said that the mother left knowing the 15-year-old was asleep and sick. Crouch was released on $500 bond and is scheduled to appear Feb. 5 in Norwalk Superior Court.


Posted 01/29/13 at 08:41 PM


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I am so glad that the child was not harmed from this incident but I have a hard time understanding how the mother can be charged with a crime.  I was baby-sitting my younger siblings and neighborhood children starting at age 13 yrs, the mother should have expected her 15 yr. to be able to handle the responsibilities of watching the 2 yrs. for a few hours. That is not parental neglect.  I also have a big problem with the neighbor who thought it was easier and more appropriate to call the police instead of reaching out to the wandering child’s family first.  Making a few phone calls or knocking on the door would have better a kinder and reasonable solution.  What ever happened to honest mistakes can be made by even the most conscisious caregiver and forgiven without the police being involved?  What ever happened to neighbors look out for each other???

Posted by Diane DeBlasi on January 30, 2013 at 03:00 PM | #

Well said Diane.
I wonder how or why WestportNow only chooses to print certain police blotters?

Does WestportNow only choose those blotters that they think will embarrass the person in question the most?

This is such an innocent mistake and quite frankly could have happened to any parents in Westport. I strongly recommend that WestportNow withdraw this story.

Posted by Joe Witz on January 30, 2013 at 05:39 PM | #

Diane,  I agree with you, what’s up with that?  The mother leaves a high school aged older sibling home to babysit, he accidentally falls asleep and the mother is arrested, really?

Now this 15 year old has to live with the fact that his mother was arrested because he fell asleep!

And what’s with the neighbor, so quick to run to the police?  How about a little neighborly support? 

Between this story and the 71 year old prostitution story, (can she actually make a living doing that?) what’s going on in this town?

Posted by Joseph Vallone on January 30, 2013 at 09:17 PM | #

I agree.  Why wouldn’t the neighbors call the parents and go help the child first?  Westport needs to be more of a community that looks out for and helps its neighbors.

Posted by Livio Sanchez on January 30, 2013 at 09:30 PM | #

Re: Only WestportNow…..the other blogs picked it up, too. as did the Westport News (online).

Posted by Arthur Aitchess on January 30, 2013 at 10:22 PM | #

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