Children walk to police station looking for ride to school
Police said they got a call Tuesday morning about three young-looking children walking along Main Street in cold weather. As an officer was about to leave to investigate, the children arrived at the station.
Investigators said the children were ages 5, 4 and 1, and police learned they were trying to get a ride to school. Police said Katarina Short, 26, left the children alone while she ran an errand.
Farmington Ambulance was called and checked the children out while they were given a warm breakfast from Crowley’s Variety and Grill, police said. They also were given toys by the Farmington Recreation Department.
Police said that about an hour after the report came in, Short arrived at the station looking for her children.
“She told us a friend had picked her up, and she’d gone to run an errand,” said Lt. John Drury. “She had allegedly said that she had left the kids in the care of a babysitter. When she provided us that name, that didn’t pan out to be the truth.”
Short was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child and unsworn falsification.
Police said the temperature was 2 degrees Tuesday morning. They said the oldest child dressed himself and his siblings in coats and boots.
Short was placed on $4,000 personal recognizance bail and ordered to have no contact with the children. She is scheduled to appear in court on March 18.
The children were placed in foster care, and authorities said Short will be allowed supervised visits.