STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) — A family trip to the beach ends with a Bridgeport mother in trouble. For at least an hour, Stratford police say a 5-year-old was left all alone until a woman noticed the terrified little boy.
“I noticed he was wandering the beach alone,” said the woman, who didn’t want to be identified. “I stayed with him. He just held my hand, he cried, asked me not to leave him, to take him home, not to call police.”
But the woman — who found the boy about 8 p.m. Sunday at Short Beach in Stratford — knew she had no choice but to call police.
“The 5-year-old was able to give us his name and address,” said Stratford police Capt. Paul DosSantos. “We sent officers to his house, the family was there, the mother, the grandmother, several children.”
The mother, 24-year-old Tianah Sheradenise Brown told police, according to DosSantos: “There were multiple adults and they just assumed the other adults had the child.”
Police say they believe the boy’s family left the beach around 7 p.m.. The good Samaritan called them at 8 p.m. and the family later got a knock on the door. .
“It’s under our impression that they didn’t realize the child was left behind,” DosSantos said.
Police say the family later picked up the boy at the police station. They say they didn’t notice anything strange at the home but DCF was notified.
The good Samaritan says there’s no excuse for any of this.
“If you’re in a large group, I guess do a head count,” she said. “Double check your vehicle before you take off. I wouldn’t leave unless I knew my son was in his seat buckled.”
Brown was charged with risk of injury to a minor. She’ll be back in court June 19.