A little girl dialed 911 and the emergency call ended with her mother's arrest.
According to the Fairfield Police Department, when officers arrived, the mom was drunk and in no shape to be caring for the kids.
Police said 37-year-old Victoria E. Leonard had trouble standing and was so intoxicated, she didn't even know her two young daughters were in the house. But, police said the daughter did a good job, knowing her mother needed help.
It’s a quiet neighborhood with single and multi-family homes, but Fairfield officers were called to a house on Garden Drive on Sunday night when they said Leonard was too drunk to care for her kids.
"There are lot of kids in this neighborhood too, so it's something you don't want them to see and be a part of,” Fairfield resident Michael Lombardo, who lives up the street, said.
Leonard's 9-year-old daughter placed the call into Fairfield’s 911 Dispatch.
Leonard was charged with breach of peace and two counts of risk of injury to a minor, since her 4-year-old daughter was in the house as well.
"When officers got to the scene, we found the mother was intoxicated and very belligerent,” Fairfield Police Deputy Chief Chris Lyddy said. "Not steady, not aware of her surroundings, not even cognizant that her children were present."
According to police, the house was in deplorable condition and there were no working smoke detectors. But, police said 9-year-old daughter did a good job, knowing enough to call and get help.
"I think it says a lot about the reinforcement, not only what our police department does in our school system, but our town as a whole,” Lyddy said. “I think over the years we've instilled in them that it's okay to call 911 and that we're here to help you."
Neighbors said they hope Leonard gets the help she needs and her daughters are safe.
"You don't think it's happening here, but as far as the child's welfare that's number one, it's really about that,” Lombardo said.
The girls were turned over to a family member and the Department of Children and Families is investigating.
Leonard is scheduled to be in court next month.
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