Thea Digiammerino

New Haven Mom Left Young Kids Alone in Apartment: Police

New Haven police have arrested a mother accused of leaving her two young children alone in a home Thursday.

According to police, a housing inspector making a routine visit to an apartment on Sherman Avenue called the property manager when they heard a child home but no adult answering the door. When the property manager and inspector went inside the apartment, they found a 4-month-old and a 3-year-old home alone.

A baby and a toddler were taken from the building and put inside a state of Connecticut vehicle that drove away with them.

The mother, identified as 28-year-old Chantell Hamilton, returned when she was called. She told officers she left the kids alone so she could run an errand to court.

Police estimate that the workers were there for at least half an hour before the mother returned.

Hamilton was charged with two counts of risk of injury to a minor and held on a $25,000 bond.

The Department of Children and Families took custody of the children.

The situation upset Bernadette Belton, who says she is the grandmother of some of their siblings.

"The baby is screaming and hollering like that and it make no kinda sense, she did not want to go. She wanted her mother and she wanted her father."

Belton says the two young children taken away have three older siblings. All have the same mother, but different fathers.

One of those fathers, a man who identified himself as Nathan Lewis, was at the scene shortly after the kids were taken away. He said he was not home at the time and was not the one responsible for their care.

No other details were immediately available.

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