BRISTOL - A city man faces charges for allegedly leaving two children home alone.
Marcus Mitchell, 36, of 73 Woodard Drive, allegedly used an Uber to go to New Britain in the early morning hours on Feb. 28, leaving two children at his Bristol home for an unknown period of time, according to the arrest warrant.
He faces two counts of risk of injury to a minor.
No information about the children was available in the warrant, as any identifying factors, including age, have been redacted from the document.
According to the warrant, police were called to Mitchell’s home on the report of someone breaking in. Officers were greeted at the door by Mitchell, who said he had locked himself out and had no luck waking up the two children who were sleeping inside, according to the warrant. He had climbed in the home through a window.
Police said Mitchell appeared intoxicated. Police also said in the warrant that he changed his story and could not give a definitive answer as to how long he was away from the home. He maintained that he was not gone for more than half an hour. At one point, Mitchell said he was trying to wake the children up for an hour, but he then contradicted this when he said he was only outside the home for about a minute when he decided to climb through the window, the warrant said.
Police notified the state’s Department of Children and Families of the incident. Officers wrote a warrant for Mitchell’s arrest and served it this week.
Mitchell, who is free on a promise to appear, is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on April 10.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or email@example.com.