The Greenwich woman charged with leaving her three young children alone in a vehicle outside the Target store in Wilton earlier this week will fight the charge.
“It’s being blown out of proportion,” said her attorney, Peter Sipperly of Saratoga Springs.
The suspect, Jill A. Collins, 37, of County Route 113, teaches eighth-grade social studies in Mechanicville. Her husband, Kevin Collins, also is a teacher in the Mechanicville City School District.
Collins was arrested Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child, the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department said. Deputies said her three children — ages 2, 5, and 8 — were left alone in a running vehicle while she shopped inside Target for at least 20 minutes.
By email, Collins declined comment until after her April 29 court date in Wilton, referring questions to Sipperly.
Mechanicville School Superintendent Michael McCarthy did not respond to a request for comment Thursday.
Deputies said they responded to a 911 call about 5:40 p.m. Tuesday that three young children were left unattended in a vehicle in the Target parking lot.
The arriving patrol officer, Deputy Nicholas Denno, found that the children were still by themselves, with the vehicle running and unlocked. Deputies said Collins, who was making purchases inside the store, returned after about 20 minutes.
Deputies reported the arrest Wednesday. They said the children were unharmed and were left in the care of a family member during Collins’ arrest and processing.
Collins was issued an appearance ticket and freed without having to post any bail.