No prosecution for Southington woman whose child wandered off

Published on Wednesday, 18 July 2018 21:03
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

@muszynskiBP

SOUTHINGTON - State prosecutors have dropped the case against a woman who had been charged after her young child was found wandering alone.

Tracy Lynn Dagata, 47, of Germania Street, appeared Wednesday in Bristol Superior Court.

Officials there said she has been cooperating with the state Department of Children and Families. She is still involved with DCF, they said, giving the guardian ad litem in the case - an attorney assigned to look out for the child’s best interest - no concerns over the welfare of the child.

State prosecutors agreed to drop a count of risk of injury to a minor a on Wednesday, citing her cooperation with DCF as a factor. 

A nolle was entered in the case, meaning prosecutors have 13 months to reopen the case if further issues arise.

On June 11, 2017, police were called to the area of Bristol Street on a report of a child wandering the streets alone. Two witnesses, walking along the Southington Linear Trail, had come upon the 4-year-old boy in the area of West Center and Bristol streets with no adult looking after him.

Police said the boy had been playing in the front yard of a home on Germania Street with another child when he wandered off.

Dagata, police said, was in charge of supervising both children and was in the backyard.

The boy was not injured and did not need medical attention, according to police.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Wednesday, 18 July 2018 21:03. Updated: Wednesday, 18 July 2018 21:06.