BRISTOL - A city woman accused of leaving her two young children home alone for the majority of a weekend in April has been granted a program that will spare her prosecution.
Kaylee West, 28, of 28 Driscoll Drive, was enrolled Wednesday in accelerated rehabilitation, a first-time offender program, after a judge in Bristol Superior Court was told by an independent attorney that West had been “proactive” in seeking treatment after her arrest.
“She’s come a long way,” Jill Levin, a Berlin-based attorney assigned to look out for the two victims, said during the hearing. She declined to say what type of treatment West had sought.
“She knows what she did was wrong,” Levin continued. “She’s taken responsibility.”
Kerry Robair, West’s attorney, added that, in all his years as a lawyer, he’s never had a client go above and beyond expectations as West has.
West was arrested Sunday, April 8, after an anonymous tipster called police and told them that West’s two children had been left unsupervised, police said.
Officers responded at about 6:30 p.m., finding a 6-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy home alone. They had been left there since Saturday morning, according to police.
Neither of the children was hurt. Officers were able to contact West and have her come to the house, where she was charged with risk of injury to a minor. A relative picked up the children to care for them.
The state’s Department of Children and Families was notified by police about the arrest, and, as of Wednesday, the children were still in foster care, court officials said.
Following her arrest, Robair said, West was very cooperative with DCF, even asking the agency if she could seek additional treatment beyond what was recommended.
Judge John Cronan placed West in the program for two years, ordering that she continue to comply with DCF. If she completes that condition and avoids any new arrests, the charge against her will be dropped on Oct. 6, 2020.
“This could have been a total tragedy if things worked out differently,” Cronan told West before granting the program.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.