Police responded to a woman who was allegedly intoxicated and had fallen asleep in a Bristol, Connecticut, bar. Kelsey James, 22, was brought to the hospital and didn't sober up for a good five hours. Hospital staff were astonished when she became more aware of her surroundings and finally asked them where her 2-year-old daughter was. Cops then set out to search for the toddler -- only to find the little girl fast asleep in the car at the bar parking lot.
This woman may be suffering from the disease of alcoholism. How else do you leave your child in a car, go into a bar and start drinking, and fall asleep, with no awareness that you've just left your child in danger?
This story could have ended up so much more tragically. For one, it could have been stifling hot out and the child could have died. Luckily, the northeast is having a cool summer so far.
Also, someone could have nabbed the sleeping child. Thankfully, neither of these things happened.
James was charged with risk of injury to a minor and leaving an unsupervised child in a motor vehicle.
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Once was a time when it was fairly common for people to leave their kids in cars while drinking it up at a bar, but this just doesn't fly anymore. James' daughter is now with child welfare authorities.
James needs to take this as her wake-up call. She's young still, but your life changes when you become a mom -- your child becomes your first priority. Get sober, get healthy. Do it for your kid.
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