New Haven police name mother charged after allegedly leaving young children home alone

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A mother has been taken into police custody after a 4-month-old and 3-year-old were left home alone in a New Haven apartment on Thursday.

According to police, Chantell Hamilton has been charged with two counts of risk of injury to a minor.

She allegedly said that she left the children alone to run an errand to court.

“The children should never have been left at home by themselves,” said Bernadette Belton, grandmother of two of Hamilton’s children.

Housing inspectors inside the Sherman Avenue apartment building heard the kids’ uncontrollable wailing and called 911.

“I blame her to leave the kids in the house by themselves,” said Belton.

Belton told News 8’s Mario Boone she was there when state social workers showed up to take the children into protective custody.

Within minutes of Department of Children and Families workers whisking away the two babies who were found alone and cops taking away the Hamilton, Nathan Lewis showed up and identified himself as father to some of the kids.  Then, he had a meltdown.

“The father just left the house without saying nothing and locked the baby up in the bathroom.  Not the baby but the three-year-old in the bathroom by herself,” Belton said.

“No!  I didn’t do that,” said Lewis.  “I wasn’t even home.”

Lewis said he wants the children back, and Hamilton released.

“I’m not about to be having my kids calling somebody else mommy and daddy.  F**k you talking about!  F**k out my face with that dumb sh*t.”

Hamilton is being held on a $25,000 bond.

Hamilton also has three other children. They were not home at the time of the incident. 


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