Woman arrested for leaving toddler home alone

By Kim Lincoln | Aug 15, 2014
Destiny Barrett

Rockland — A 22-year-old Rockland woman was arrested Aug. 15 after police say she left her 2-year-old son home alone for at least four hours.

Around 11 p.m. Aug. 14, Rockland Police arrested Jeffrey Dudley, 26, on a warrant at an apartment at 205 Rankin St., according to Deputy Chief Wally Tower.

Shortly after the arrest, Tower said, multiple neighbors called police to report that Destiny Barrett, who lives in the same apartment, had left and did not have her son with her, Tower said.

Officers responded to the apartment for a second time and after a couple of hours of interviewing witnesses and talking to neighbors, police gained probable cause to enter the apartment, Tower said.

Police found the toddler "in good spirits in good health in a locked bedroom," Tower said. The Department of Health and Human Services was contacted and the child was placed with family.

At about 3:45 a.m., police were at Fieldcrest Apartments, also on Rankin Street, on an unrelated call when they spotted Barrett exiting an apartment.

Police confronted Barrett.

"She said she should not be arrested because no one told her that she should not leave the child alone," Tower said.

Barrett was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child. She was taken to Knox County Jail. She has since been released on bail, Tower said.

Courier Publications Copy Editor Kim Lincoln can be reached at 594-4401 or by email at klincoln@villagesoup.com.


Comments (8)
Posted by: Judith Gushee | Aug 18, 2014 19:24

So many questions:

*  why is she smiling.  Is this her 15 minutes of fame?

* why would she have to be told not to leave a 2 year old alone?

* What are the chances this child is going to overcome this beginning?

Posted by: Shirley Tabbutt | Aug 17, 2014 12:57

This young woman should not be allowed to have custody of this child until she takes and passes mandatory parenting classes.

Posted by: Laurel E Taylor | Aug 17, 2014 06:24

ah children having children!  At this point the child is best off as far away from Mom and possible.


Posted by: Nina Reed | Aug 15, 2014 14:35

my question is if no one told her she couldn't leave her child home alone.why in the heck was the child locked in a room.did someone tell her that was ok to do..


Posted by: Russell Garfield York | Aug 15, 2014 12:19

all three coments say it all very stupid

Posted by: Ronald Gamage | Aug 15, 2014 11:56

I wonder if someone had told her NOT to have a child  would she  have listened????????????????????????

Posted by: Monalisa Canfield | Aug 15, 2014 11:45

The child is smarter then the mother.  Just my opinion.

Posted by: Susan McIntyre | Aug 15, 2014 10:43

Really - no one told her not to leave a child alone - come people have half a brain

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