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Woman Leaves Unattended Children in Car

The incident occurred in the Aldi's grocery store on the Boston Post Road.

Update at 2:27 p.m. on July 27th:

Milford Police Officer Jeff Nielsen said that the children were both "toddlers, under the age of 3. They were both in car seats. The windows were cracked slightly."

Original Story:

On July 26th at 5:02 p.m., arrested Katharina Winzel, age 36 of Stratford.

Winzel's car was parked in the lot of Aldi's grocery store on 238 Boston Post Road. Winzel had allegedly entered a store to make a purchase and left two children inside the vehicle. The Department of Children and Families were notified of the incident.

Winzel was charged with two counts of leaving a child unattended in a vehicle. She was released on a promise to appear in court on August 14th.

arkay July 27, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Yeah, age would be helpful. I was left in the car all the time as a kid and it was never an issue.
Ryan Sartor (Editor) July 27, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Great question, Larissa & arkay. I've updated the article with the following information: Milford Police Officer Jeff Nielsen said that the children were both "toddlers, under the age of 3. They were both in car seats. The windows were cracked slightly."
JE July 27, 2012 at 09:38 PM
In that case, appropriate action was taken.
Larissa Watt July 28, 2012 at 02:13 AM
People can be so ignorant..Besides it being against the law, how can you in good conscience leave your babies in the car when you won't even be able to see them from Aldi's? What about kidnappers--not to mention heatstroke--
Trish Burchette July 28, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Some people are too stupid, and just too darned lazy, to unbuckle a couple of car seats, when they are only running in for 1 item. This is uncalled for, stupid!!!!
Tami Jackson July 28, 2012 at 01:10 PM
What is an "appropriate" age to leave kids in the car, obviously under perfect weather conditions? Is there a "law" for that?
David Chesler July 29, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Agreed @Tami. Also how long? If there are more than 2 kids, someone has to be left momentarily while the parent gets the others. Or paying at the kiosk at the gas station. (Inside a store is out of sight, agreed.)
Monica July 29, 2012 at 02:17 PM
It's just plain laziness!
M. Antonini July 29, 2012 at 03:27 PM
At the gas station, I used a credit card or I didn't get gas at all. Put it off till later.
Starla July 30, 2012 at 06:35 PM
They were all under the age of three.
Starla July 30, 2012 at 06:37 PM
According to the article, the children were under the age of three. It was extremely hot lately, those kids could easily have died in the heat of a closed car even with the windows "cracked slightly".

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