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Grandmother Arrested After Breaking Up Sleepover

Mug Shot of Barbara Aiello

Middletown, CT – Barbara Aiello, 71, has been charged with two counts of risk of injury to a minor after throwing two young boys out of her Connecticut home early Sunday during her grandson’s sleepover. Police allege Barbara endangered both of the 10- and 11-year-old boys when she kicked them out around 4:30 am into the 20-degree winter weather.

Apparently fed up with the rambunctious boys, Barbara ordered them to leave and walk home. Both boys arrived home safe. One of the two children lives in the same condo complex. One of their parents, after hearing the circumstances, filed a complaint with police. Barbara claims she wasn’t sure what time she demanded the boys leave.

“I said … everybody out,” Barbara recalled to NBC Connecticut News. “I opened the door, not thinking, not realizing the time. I was angry and said, ‘Go home.’ ”

When asked by police why she didn’t just drive the boys’ home, Barbara indicated the idea didn’t come to mind at the time.

Barbara has been raising her 14-year-old grandson, Christopher, since his father died last year. She wishes the parents had addressed the issue with her first instead of making a criminal case over the misunderstanding. Now Barbara is scheduled for court Monday, February 11, 2013.

Connecticut general statute 53-21 covers injury or risk of injury to, or impairing morals of, and sale of children. In Connecticut, a person may be charged with risk of injury to a minor for endangering the health and well-being of a minor even if the intent was not to blatantly harm or neglect. While its intention is to protect children from harm, the law is vague and can include a wide variety of scenarios.

Risk of injury to a minor is a Class E felony with potentially serious penalties. A conviction can impose a possible sentence of 10 years in jail. In cases of child sex crimes, it is required the violator register on the sex offender registry. In addition, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) may remove children from your home if they believe the children are in danger.

Do you believe the other parent overreacted to the situation? Do you believe Barbara is in the wrong for sending the children home in the manner she did?

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9 Responses to “Grandmother Arrested After Breaking Up Sleepover”

  1. Denise Bertacchi

    My question is why did a 14 year old want to have a 10 year old over at a sleep over? My kid is 14 and he wouldn't be caught dead hanging out with a 4th grader.

  2. Adam Minnicks

    Yea that seems like the important part of the story.

  3. Anonymous

    Once I did the conversion and found out that "20 degree winter weather" is -6C (yup I am Canadian), I had to chuckle. They make it sound like that is horrible. Here kids do not wear jackets at that temperature (just hoodies if it is really windy) and we make them play outdoors up to about -20F. (Well dressed of course).
    The kids were wrongfully put in danger of abduction at that time of night, but as long as they did not try to lay down in the snow and sleep in it (kept moving) I doubt they were in any *environmental danger*.

  4. Andrew Davis

    Twenty degree weather is below freezing. Like it or not, there's no excuse for kicking two small children out of the house into that type of weather, especially in the middle of the night.

  5. Andrew Davis

    Does it really matter? I'm 23 and have friends ranging in age from 19 to 28. I could understand a 10+ year age difference being a problem, but four years isn't exactly a big deal.

  6. Elizabeth Owens

    You don't kick two minors out at 4:30 in the morning.. No if's, and's or but's. Some people have ZERO common sense…

  7. Suzi Satterfield Simola

    LOL! While I agree with the time of night thing, to put it in perspective, Andrew: We see -40C/-40F (that's where the thermometers match up) where I live. At -20F/-6C, we just put on a light jacket. Kids walk to school routinely and play outside routinely in "that type of weather."

  8. Andrew Davis

    Big difference between a jacket and what was most likely pajamas, Suzi.

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