MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) – A 35-year-old mother is being charged with risk of injury, after police say she left her son out in the rain. Police say Tamika Rose Jackson of 43 Front Street, called police at 9:17 a.m. on Monday to complain that her son was not listening to her and refused to go to school.
When an officer arrived at 9:27 a.m., they located the 12-year-old boy standing near the back door of the residence. It was a lightly raining out that day and the boy was standing at the bottom of a covered staircase that lead to the second floor apartment where he lived. The boy told police that he was locked out of the home and that his mother drove off in her car about 20 minutes prior.
The officer was able to contact Tamika Jackson over the phone. In the officers report, while speaking to Jackson, they say she was “not very cooperative and stated that she had an appointment to go to and would not be available to return home immediately.” The officers says that the mother did not seem to understand that she could not leave her child outside and call police about it.
In the report, the officer states that they explained to Jackson that she can not lock her son out of the house on a rainy day without shelter, food or water. The reports indicates that Jackson did not seem concerned because the boy could allegedly have knocked on the neighbor’s door if he need something.
Jackson was arrested and charged with risk of injury to a child. She’s due in court in October.