MERIDEN — Two women face endangerment charges after police said they left with a child during a scheduled visitation at the mall through the state Department of Children and Families. The child’s mother was one of the women charged, police said.
Aimee Flematti, 40, of 98 Grove St., Middletown, and Sharon Carrero, age unknown, of 98 Grove St., Middletown, were charged Friday with first-degree reckless endangerment, risk of injury to a minor, custodial interference and second-degree breach of peace.
On Friday around 2:15 p.m. police responded to Westfield Meriden Mall, 470 Lewis Ave., for a report of a two-year-old taken by his mother and her friend during a scheduled DCF visit.
A child care worker told police she brought the child to the mall for a scheduled visit with his mother, Flematti, according to a police report. The mother and a friend, identified as Carrero, left with the child and his belongings and got into a vehicle, despite an attempt by the case worker to stop them, the report said.
The child care worker said she had to get out of the way when Carrero drove off to avoid being struck and she saw Flematti holding the child unrestrained in the back seat, the report said.
Police were told that before the visit, Flematti was improperly notified by another DCF worker that she was losing visitation rights, the report said. Police issued a Silver Alert and eventually found Flematti and Carrero at the Middletown home with the child, who was unharmed. Both women were taken into custody and the child was returned to the foster parents.
Police noted Flematti and Carrero said they thought the DCF worker at the visit was a “fake” and “they had the right to take (the child),” the report said.
Flematti was held on $100,000 bond and arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Monday. According to statements in court, she has no criminal record. The judge released her on a promise to appear. The case was continued to May 14.
According to the police report Carrero was also issued a $100,000 bond with a court date of Thursday.