Police: Impaired Greens Farms School Staffer Fell Asleep Working with Student

Jan 5, 2022 | Education, Police & Fire | 0 comments

Michelle Babin / Photo, Westport Police Department

WESTPORT — A staffer at Greens Farms Elementary School has been charged with risk of injury to a child after she fell asleep from intoxication while working with a student, police said.

Michelle Babin, a 32-year-old Shelton resident, was identified by police as a speech and language pathologist at the school.

Supt. of Schools Thomas Scarice, reached for comment, said only, “We do not comment on personnel matters.”

The incident took place about 1:30 p.m. last Nov. 23, according to police, when detectives were dispatched to Greens Farms Elementary School to investigate a report that a staff member was believed to be impaired.

They were told that Babin had fallen asleep while providing instruction to a student, and that it took “at least 30 seconds to wake Ms. Babin, and when she finally did wake up, she was reportedly mumbling incoherently,” according to the report.

Police also said the odor of alcohol was detected on Babin’s breath.

She then was transported to a hospital for medical evaluation.

Further investigation of the incident, police said, revealed that because Babin had fallen asleep it “put the child at great risk of being injured.”

A warrant was issued for Babin’s arrest on a charge of risk of injury to a child, and she turned herself in Dec. 30 at police headquarters.

She was released after posting $75,000 bond and was scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 5 at state Superior Court in Stamford.

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