WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — A Waterbury Public Schools teacher faced a judge Tuesday after she allegedly left her two young children home alone while she spent a weekend in Florida.
Police said 36-year-old Kerry Lyn Caviasca, of Watertown, spent two nights in Florida with her boyfriend the weekend before Thanksgiving. Her ex-husband became suspicious when he could not reach their 9- and 11-year-old kids on the phone, court documents revealed.
He did eventually get access to one child’s phone, which allegedly had texts on it between the child and Caviasca that weekend. When the child asked what was for dinner, Caviasca responded that they should eat candy or whatever else was downstairs, according to court documents. Caviasca did order food through Uber Eats several times while she was away. She also allegedly told her kids to stay downstairs and out of sight so no one would see them home alone.
Caviasca’s ex-husband had his father go to the house and knock on the door during that time, but no one answered. After the ex-husband called police, Caviasca admitted she spent the weekend in Florida but said her brother had been watching the kids.
Caviasca was in Waterbury Superior Court Tuesday to face two counts of risk of injury to a minor and two counts of reckless endangerment.
The children are in the sole custody of their father. The judge ordered Cavisaca to comply with the Department of Children and Families, communicate with her kids only at the direction of a family therapist, and have no new arrests.
Caviasca’s attorney had very little to say following her court appearance.
“Today was just the initial step in this matter, ” Joseph Decicco said. “My client and I will have no further comment.”
Waterbury Public Schools placed Caviasca on leave due to the allegations. She is currently free on a $5,000 bond and is due back in court in March.