Police accuse woman of leaving her 2-year-old in car all night while she drank at bar


A woman was arrested after police said she left her 2-year-old in her motor vehicle while she was in a bar, where she  was intoxicated to the point of sleeping at the bar.

Police said the woman, Kelsey James, 22, of 38 Skyview Terrace, Bristol, was taken into custody and charged with risk of injury to a minor, and leaving an unsupervised child in a motor vehicle. 

Police said that on Aug. 22, around 11:56 p.m., officers were sent to City Sports, 177 Farmington Ave., Farmington after receiving a complaint about an intoxicated and incapacitated female sleeping at the bar. The officers assisted EMS and the woman was taken to the Bristol Hospital for treatment and evaluation.

Around 5:20 a.m. Saturday, police received a call from the hospital. Police were told James was now lucid and was asking about the whereabouts of her 2-year-old daughter.

Upon receiving a description of the suspect’s vehicle, officers returned to the parking lot of City Sports where they found the child sleeping in a car seat in the back of the car.


Police said the 2-year-old was taken to Bristol Hospital for evaluation and is being held there for representatives of the state Department of Children and Families.

Police said James was released on a $50,000 surety bond for appearance in Bristol Superior Court on Sept. 2.