Woman allegedly drives off with stranger's kids
Updated 12:41 am, Saturday, July 20, 2013
BRIDGEPORT -- A city woman faces child endangerment and other charges after she drove off with someone else's Cadillac with children in the back seat.
Officer Edward McKiernan was flagged down Wednesday by a man who reported that his car and young children had been taken. The victim said he'd left a friend behind to watch over his girlfriend's Cadillac, with the children inside, while he took another car for a test drive.
But when the friend went into the victim's Atlantic Street home to use the bathroom, a woman they had just met and knew only as "Yummy'' got into the Cadillac and drove away with the children, said William Kaempffer, the Bridgeport police spokesman.
The two men drove around looking for the car and then flagged down McKiernan.
While they were talking, the two men spotted the car traveling on Atlantic Street, and the officer caught up to it and pulled the Cadillac over.
Yummy, who was later identified as Charita Mack, 23, of Bridgeport, got out of the car and attempted to run, police said. McKiernan checked on the well-being of the children and then chased down and arrested Mack.
She faces two counts of risk of injury to a minor, two counts of reckless endangerment, taking a motor vehicle without the owner's permission and interfering with police.
The children were not harmed. Police made a referral to the Department of Children and Families.