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Southington police charge three teens, group home worker after dispute

SOUTHINGTON — A reported fight among teens at a group home last month led to charges against three juveniles and a group home worker.

Police said Chevelle Anderson of Waterbury, an employee of The Bridge Family Center home on Birchcrest Drive, reportedly didn’t call for help after a teen involved in the incident cut herself with a piece of glass and left the home bleeding. Police charged Anderson with risk of injury to a minor, a class C felony, on May 12.

A dispute among the teens at the home on April 18 led police to charge three girls with third-degree assault. Police also charged two of the girls with second-degree threatening.

Police Lt. Stephen Elliott said one of the three teens in the dispute slashed her arm with a piece of glass several times. She left the home bleeding and was spotted by a motorist a half mile away.

Police didn’t release the names of the teens due to their age.

Elliott said Anderson, who is a mandated reporter, didn’t call an ambulance or provide assistance to the bleeding girl.

Anderson turned herself in on a warrant for her arrest. She’s due in New Britain Court on June 15.

The group home provides supervised housing for teens who have been recently removed from an unsafe situation and are on their way to a more permanent residence.

Margaret Hann, The Bridge Family Center director, said she wasn’t aware of Anderson’s arrest but said the incident had prompted a state Department of Children and Families investigation. Employees are suspended until the completion of a DCF investigation, she said.

“That’s The Bridge protocol,” Hann said. “She’s not working with our kids right now.”

Some neighbors have objected to the number of times police respond to the group home.

Bob Sargent, an opponent of the group home’s location in a residential area, said he took video of loud screaming and emergency vehicles on the day of the incident. He lobbied for a town ordinance that fines property owners if an address has more than 25 police calls in a year.

Medical and a host of other calls are exempt in the ordinance. No property owners have been fined under the law.

Hann said incidents such as this are investigated and sometimes result in more training for employees. She’s not aware of any other arrests of group home workers since The Bridge opened its Southington location.

“We treat safety very seriously,” Hann said.

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