A Wallingford woman has been arrested after police found her 8-year-old stepson walking to school by himself.
The elementary school student missed his school bus and decided to walk about two miles to school.
A business owner on North Plains Industrial Road saw the child walking by himself and called police.
When they went to the child’s house, they found his step mother, 38-year-old Maria Hasankolli, sleeping.
"She had to be awakened and the officer asked her where the child was. She said he's downstairs and they went downstairs and she couldn't find him and said he's not there,” said Wallingford Police Lt. Cheryl Bradley.
Hasankolli was arrested for risk of injury to a minor.
The boy lives on North Plains Highway, and his step-brother said he was home with the child left the house that morning and told Eyewitness News that nobody knew the child missed the bus.
"She’s a wonderful mother. The cops could have handled it better, (the cop) wasn't the friendliest from the start,” said Mackeon Dudley.
Police said they have been to the house before. Two years ago she was investigated by the Department of Children and Families, where a child in the home said she “taped him to the floor and also put tape over his mouth.”
Hasankolli has an “extensive history with DCF,” records said, and “Dudley is a convicted felon and has numerous arrests for assault and violation of probation."
DCF did not comment on whether they are still investigating any prior incidents.
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