NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Police say 27-year-old Cassandra Donnejour Nonossiold left an infant and a toddler inside of vehicle at a North Haven Target parking lot around 9:30 Monday night.
According to a press release, Nonossiold allegedly brought one child into the store with her, but left the infant and toddler because she didn’t want to wake them.
News 8 caught up with Melissa Valez in the same parking lot putting in the work to lug around her kids and her groceries. She said it’s a lot of work taking her three children to a store.
“We have to make sure we have the backpack, we have to make sure everybody is here, we have to lock the car, we have to make sure all our stuff is put away and then we get into the store,” said Valez . “So it’s a good 10 minutes to unload the car get in the store and really remember everything that you are here for.”
Although it may be a lot of work, Valez says she does it every time, because leaving her children alone isn’t an option.
According to police, Nonossoild allegedly locked the doors and left the windows cracked, then left the infant and toddler for 16 minutes while she shopped.
A concerned passerby noticed and called 9-1-1.
“It makes me just cringe,” said Sue Robbins.
While one mother cringes at the incident, another shows empathy.
“I don’t want to judge anybody because I think that being a mom is a very stressful job,” said Martha Ayala-Tannis. “It’s very rewarding but it’s a huge responsibility and it all depends on what’s going on in that individuals life.”
Nonossiold was charged with leaving a child unsupervised in a motor vehicle. She will be arraigned in Meriden Superior Court.