NEW BRITAIN – A Southington mother was sentenced to three years probation after police found alcohol, drugs and a box cutter easily accessible to her 3-year-old, the prosecutor said.
Janneirylie Casiano was found guilty after pleading no contest to risk of injury to a child in New Britain Superior Court Thursday and was sentenced to three years to serve, suspended, with three years’ probation by Judge Joan Alexander.
The maximum penalty Casiano could have faced was 10 years to serve in prison, Alexander said.
As part of her probation, Casiano must cooperate with the Department of Children and Families, take parenting classes, undergo substance abuse and mental health treatment, have no weapons and no new arrests. The conditions were requested by the prosecution.
The prosecution said the facts of the case involved police responding to the report of a stolen vehicle at the residence of Casiano. When police knocked on the door, Casiano’s 3-year-old opened the door.
Police could see in plain view a box cutter, drug paraphernalia and liquor bottles that were accessible by the 3-year-old, the prosecution said. No injury was made to the child.
The prosecution noted Casiano has been working and cooperating with DCF. Casiano’s attorney said she has been doing much better, living with her boyfriend and has started employment.
Alexander told Casiano to continue putting in work that she has so that she doesn’t spiral out of control, for the sake of the child.
The interfering with an officer/resisting charge in the case, and a separate case involving a second-degree breach of peace charge, were both nolled Thursday.
Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or firstname.lastname@example.org.