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Woman Left Infant Unattended While She Shopped At Mall In Fairfield County, Police Say

Hawley Lane Mall in Trumbull
Hawley Lane Mall in Trumbull Photo Credit: Google Maps street view

A 38-year-old woman is facing multiple charges after police say an investigation revealed she left an infant unattended while she was shopping at a mall in Fairfield County.

On Friday, November 22, police arrested the woman for leaving an infant unattended in a motor vehicle while she was shopping and eating food at a store inside the Hawley Lane Mall in Trumbull.

Angela Ruggiero, 38, of Beacon Falls, Connecticut, was charged with risk of injury to a minor, and interfering with an officer after she struggled with officers who were called for a trespassing complaint at a store in the mall, police said.

Ruggiero’s 13-month-old niece was located inside of a 2017 Nissan Sentra that was parked in the mall parking lot, where she had been left unattended for nearly an hour, Trumbull Police said.

Just after noon, employees of the Five Below store reported that Ruggiero appeared to be intoxicated and was eating food while shopping in the store, police said.

She refused to leave when employees approached her, which eventually led to her arrest. A variety of merchandise was opened and discarded in the store by Ruggiero.

When officers arrived and attempted to speak with her, Ruggiero was uncooperative and had trouble locating her identification, according to police.

She referred to her niece who was waiting to return home, although Ruggiero initially reported that she was alone.

Officers located numerous bottles of alcohol, which presented a concern for her ability to drive away, police said.

Further investigation revealed the child who had been left alone in the locked car for an extended period of time.

Ruggiero was held on a $5,000 bond, and is scheduled to appear in Bridgeport Superior Court on Friday, Nov. 29.

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