SOUTHINGTON - State prosecutors have dropped the case against a woman who had been charged after her young child was found wandering alone in town.
Tracy Lynn Dagata, 47, of Germania Street, appeared Wednesday in Bristol Superior Court, where officials said she has been cooperative with the state's Department of Children and Families. She is also still reportedly involved with DCF, giving the guardian ad litem in the case - an attorney assigned to look out for the child's best interest - no concerns over the welfare of the child.
State prosecutors agreed to drop one count of risk of injury to a minor against Dagata on Wednesday, citing her cooperation with DCF as a factor. A nolle was entered in the case, meaning prosecutors have 13 months to reopen the matter if any further issues arise.
Police on June 11, 2017, at about 5:35 p.m., were called to the area of Bristol Street on the report of a juvenile wandering the streets alone. Two witnesses, who were walking along the Southington Linear Trail, found the 4-year-old boy in the area of West Center and Bristol streets with no adult supervision.
Police said the boy had been playing in the front yard of a home on Germania Street with another juvenile when he wandered off. Dagata, police said, was in charge of supervising both children and was in the backyard.
The 4-year-old was not injured and did not need any medical attention.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.