BRISTOL - Police have charged a local woman for allegedly locking her apartment doors and heading to another town for the night, knowing her 12-year-old son had run away and was without any shoes.
Toyba Moore, 38, of 111 Shawn Drive, is facing charges of risk of injury to a minor and intentional cruelty to persons.
According to her arrest warrant, Moore called police on Sept. 17, at about 6:13 p.m., reporting that her son had just run away without any shoes on. She told dispatchers she would be locking her apartment doors and heading to Bridgeport for the night.
Moore told police her son, 12, ran away to avoid being punished for stealing from her, and that he was likely at a nearby playscape where he usually hides. She allegedly said she would head to Bridgeport “for the night to keep her from killing the” boy, according to the warrant.
Police later found the boy at a nearby playscape, where he said he had been for about half an hour. He told officers he had taken a snack from home without permission, and that he was in trouble because his mother has been trying to encourage weight loss by eating healthier snacks, the warrant said. The boy told police his mother yelled at him and grabbed a belt, so he ran away to avoid being struck. He said he had not eaten any dinner yet.
Police then contacted Moore for further information, and she said she was not in Bridgeport. When asked if she was somewhere in Bristol, she told officers, “possibly,” the warrant said.
Moore reaffirmed to police that her son had stolen from her and that he ran away to avoid punishment, the warrant continued, adding that she would have “to spend money to replace the item that he stole.” She then explained that the item she was referring to was a snack.
According to police, Moore asked a neighbor to pick her son up from police and care for him. The neighbor showed up about an hour later.
According to the warrant, Moore “willfully and intentionally placed (her son) in harm’s way” by not looking for him at the playscape and leaving for Bridgeport for the night.
The state’s Department of Children and Families has been notified of the incident.
Moore was not arrested until nearly two weeks after the incident was reported. She was freed on a $5,000 non-surety bond, and is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on Oct. 27.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.