Cops: Intoxicated woman unable to care for children
FAIRFIELD — A Garden Drive woman faces charges after her 9-year-old daughter called 9-1-1 Sunday evening to report she was concerned about her mother.
Victoria E. Leonard, 37, was charged with two counts of risk of injury to a minor and one count of breach of peace after police arrived and found her intoxicated and unable to care for her 9- and 4-year-old children, according to the report.
Police received the 9-1-1 call around 6:40 p.m. Sunday, and the older daughter said her mother had fallen, struck her head and was upstairs in the home shouting their father’s name. The girl said their father lived at the Garden Drive home, too, but had not been seen since Friday.
Dispatchers told the children to wait outside for police, and kept them on the phone until officers arrived at the scene.
When Leonard came outside, she fell on the stairs, police said. and then went back into the house. Officers entered the house and said Leonard was found in the daughter’s bedroom, lying on the bed face down, with a cigarette in her hand.
Her speech was slurred, police said, and she became agitated. The woman’s daughters had apparently stayed with their aunt over the weekend, and she returned to take custody of the girls after Leonard was taken into custody.
The police report said the home was in a “deplorable” condition, with clothes and food strewn around. There were no working smoke detectors, police said, prompting the Fire Department to install working detectors. There was also a strong smell of cat urine in the house, police said.
The state Department of Families and Children was notified.
Bond for Leonard was set at $1,000 and she is scheduled to appear May 6 at state Superior Court in Bridgeport.