Former Westport school staffer had history of ‘abnormal behavior’ before arrest, warrant says | #specialneeds | #kids

WESTPORT — A former Greens Farms Elementary School staff member accused of falling asleep while possibly intoxicated when she was the lone supervisor of a special needs student had a history of “abnormal behavior” at work, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Babin, a Shelton resident, was terminated as a speech and language pathologist for Westport Public Schools on Nov. 23 when other staff members found her asleep and unresponsive at her desk while an 8-year-old nonverbal, autistic child was alone under her supervision, according to her arrest warrant affidavit.

In the warrant, Westport police Detective Ashley DelVecchio said a paraprofessional responsible for the child came to get the boy from Babin’s office, but the door was locked and the shade was drawn over the window.

The paraprofessional knocked several times, but Babin did not open the door, the warrant said.

DelVecchio said school administrators needed to be called to unlock the door. Once they gained access to Babin’s office, she was found “slumped over the back of her chair” with “her head down on her folded arms” while the child sat on the floor in the corner with pile of paper that was torn up, the warrant stated.

The student, who is not supposed to be left unsupervised, was left alone with Babin for about an hour, DelVecchio wrote in the warrant.

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