Watertown, CT – A Connecticut teacher was arrested on Saturday after she went out of town with her boyfriend and left her young children alone.
Watertown Police Detective Mark Conway said that 36-year-old Kerry Lyn Caviasca’s ex-husband contacted police in November after he found out that his two minor children, ages nine and 11, had been left alone overnight for two nights, the Daily Voice reported.
The father said that neither of the children had been in school that Monday morning, WFSB reported.
He told police that he had become worried when he couldn’t reach his children by phone, so he looked up text messages on one of the phones he had provided to them.
The father found several dozen text messages between Caviasca and the children that included them asking their mother whether she was on the plane yet, WFSB reported.
When the children asked what they should have for dinner while she was out of town, Caviasca told them to “just eat candy,” according to the text messages.
The text messages also showed that the mother told the kids they had to stay in the basement so that nobody could see them, WFSB reported.
The father filed allegations of neglect against his ex-wife and on Dec. 17, 2021, the family court issued a temporary custody order granting custody of the children to him.
When police went with him to get the children at Caviasca’s home, she claimed that her brother had been staying with her children while she spent Nov. 20 to Nov. 22, 2021 in Florida with her boyfriend, WFSB reported.
Police told Caviasca that her former father-in-law had visited the home looking for the children and that no one had been there.
The mother tried to claim that the children were out with their uncle at that time, WFSB reported.
But the warrant said that timestamps on text messages between Caviasca and her children proved that the kids had messaged her about somebody being at the house at the same time their grandfather claimed to have been there.
The ex-husband took custody of the children without incident, according to WFSB.
They told him that their mother had left them snacks and Uber Eats orders for while he had been away.
Police said they attempted to interview Caviasca multiple times during their investigation but were unable, WFSB reported.
The mother, who is a teacher in the Waterbury Public Schools, was arrested on Jan. 15.
Caviasca was charged with two counts of risk of injury to a child and two counts of second-degree reckless endangerment, WFSB reported.
She teaches at West Side Middle School in New Haven County, according to the Daily Voice.
The school district said it had placed Caviasca on leave while it conducted its own investigation into the incident, WFSB reported.