A Newton woman has been arrested after allegedly leaving two young children at home alone.
Victoria A. Walton, 26, has been charged with child endangerment after Newton police found two children, one 3 years old and the other 6 months old, at home without an adult present. Walton claims to have had a babysitter to watch the children for the evening but the babysitter said she told Walton she was unable to watch the children that night and had never gone to her residence.
According to the report on Nov. 21, Walton had left home to go to the Pour Bastards Bar to assist until last call. While leaving the Newton movie theater area, she was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run accident around 10:38 p.m. The victim of the accident described the car in question and officer located the vehicle belonging to Walton and she was considered a suspect in the case. Open containers of alcohol were seen inside the vehicle.
When police went to Walton’s residence around 11:09 p.m., a young child answered police though the door. Officers asked the child to have the mother or father come to the door. The child then unlocked the door and requested the officer come into the apartment. Police asked again about the child’s mother or father and the child began to cry. With the child’s actions and Walton being a suspect in the hit-and-run accident, the officer began to wonder if the child was in the residence alone. Newton police opened the door, announced their presence and entered the apartment. Officers located two juveniles, the 3 year old had answered the door and a 6 month old child on the living room floor. Police also observed two open flame candles in the living room and an open 16 ounce can of Bud Light Chelada on the kitchen counter.
Officers located Walton at another residence. She told officers the car was hers but denied hitting another vehicle, despite officers observing damage to her car consistent with the accident. Walton admitting to drinking a 16 ounce Chelada before leaving the theater area but said she hadn’t had any other alcohol after driving. She also told officers she had returned home “to grab a few things” after leaving the PB Bar and the babysitter was at the home before she left for the other apartment. Police made contact with the babysitter and that was when officers discovered the sitter claimed to not have been at the residence that night.
According to officers, Walton smelled of alcohol and had blood shot, watery eyes. She completed the standard field sobriety testing and was determined to be impaired. Walton submitted a breath sample for preliminary breath test which indicated a BrAC of .101. A sample was also provided to the datamaster for a BrAC of .123.
Walton was arrested and charged with operating while under the influence and two counts child endangerment. She was also cited for unsafe backing on highway, leaving a scene of an accident and two counts of open container.
Walton was released on a $1,000 cash or surety bond. Her preliminary was Wednesday, Dec. 2.