Bridgeport mom arraigned on charges she left kids in hot car to get nails done

Tiffany Covington is charged with two counts of risk of injury to a minor and one count each of assault of a police officer and resisting arrest.

Marissa Alter

Dec 13, 2022, 10:16 PM

Updated 549 days ago

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A Bridgeport woman accused of leaving her two kids in a hot car to get her nails done was arraigned Tuesday, almost six months after her arrest. Tiffany Covington is charged with two counts of risk of injury to a minor and one count each of assault of a police officer and resisting arrest. Covington's arraignment has been delayed while she hired an attorney.
Covington's charges date back to June 18 when Bridgeport police said they responded to a shopping center off Boston Avenue after a complaint about two toddlers left alone in a locked, parked car that wasn't running and had the windows up. Police said when they arrived, the kids appeared to be unconscious, so firefighters were called in and broke open the car. Medics revived the toddlers, who went to the hospital to be checked out, according to police.
They said shortly after, Covington walked out of the nearby nail salon and told them she'd been inside getting her nails painted. When officers tried to arrest her, Covington allegedly punched one in the chest, knocking his body camera to the ground. Police said Covington then tried to run and attempted to fight off officers by biting their hands as they tried to cuff her.
Covington has been out on $75,000 bond. In court Tuesday, the judge added a condition to her bond release after a request from the prosecution.
"I would just ask for a condition that she comply with DCF in this investigation. She does have two risk of injury charges for the children being in the car while she was getting her nails done," said Assistant State's Attorney Justina Moore.
"We have no objection," responded attorney Sam Kretzmer, who represents Covington. "She did fully cooperate with DCF, and it's my understanding that that investigation is now closed." Kretzmer told News 12 the children remain with Covington.
A spokesperson for the Department of Children and Families released a statement from Commissioner Vannessa Dorantes to News 12 in response to inquiries about the case:
The Connecticut Department of Children and Families adheres to state law regarding the disclosure of case-specific information as outlined in Conn. Gen. Stat. 17a-28.
We can confirm the Department received reports from multiple professionals in the community in response to this incident in June 2022. The primary goal of the Department is to ensure the children's safety while working in collaboration with Law Enforcement to investigate this matter.
State law prohibits any further information from being provided at this time.
This is a clear reminder for all members of our community - professionals, family members, and concerned citizens — that protecting children takes diligent and persistent efforts.
Community-based supports are available throughout Connecticut and can be located by dialing 211. Information for families seeking behavioral health services can be accessed here.
A reasonable suspicion of child maltreatment can be made to the Child Abuse and Neglect Careline by dialing 1-800-842-2288. The Careline is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Callers to the Careline can remain anonymous.
Kretzmer told News 12 her client is not guilty of the charges. "I plan to defend her vigorously and clear her name in criminal court, and we hope to place this nightmare behind her as soon as possible, so she can move forward with her life," she said.
Covington's next court date is set for Feb. 8.


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