Cops: 10-year-old smoked, drank alcohol at aunt's Darien home
A Darien woman has been charged with a felony after police investigated allegations that her 10-year-old nephew drank alcohol and smoked at her home.
Tina Tuccinardi, 33, of Edgerton Street, was charged Dec. 8 with a felony count of risk of injury to a child and two probation violations.
At her arraignment at state Superior Court in Stamford last week, Judge Alex Hernandez set bond at $27,500. Because two probation-violation warrants came from Bridgeport, all three cases were transferred there. She was scheduled to return to court Wednesday in Bridgeport.
According to the affidavit, a Norwalk woman called police Oct. 10 to report that her son, 10, was getting alcohol and cigarettes from Tuccinardi, a former court reporter at the Stamford courthouse. The woman said that one night when she picked up her son from the Noroton Heights home where Tuccinardi lives, he was acting strangely. The mother looked at the boy's cellphone and read numerous text messages between him and Tuccinardi that she said indicated Tuccinardi was buying liquor and cigarettes for the boy.
When police spoke to the boy, he told them when he was paid to help clean the Edgerton Road home, he would give Tuccinardi money to buy him vodka and cigarettes. He also said he sniffed glue with her, according to the affidavit.
When police talked to Tuccinardi, she denied the allegations, but said she had seen the boy and his brother drinking and did not try to stop them, the affidavit said.
In one text, the boy said to Tuccinardi: "Do you wann get boos or beer." According to the affidavit, her response was: "Booze but we wont have $ til fri."
After reading the texts, police said that while the exchanges were suspicious, there were none that indicated Tuccinardi actually bought the boy alcohol and cigarettes, the affidavit said.
Asked to explain the texts between her and the boy, she said she wanted to appear to be "cool" to her young relative, the affidavit said.
According to additional arrest warrants for her probation violation arrests, Tuccinardi failed to report to probation, came to appointments drunk and was reported to be drinking on a daily basis by relatives when she was prohibited from consuming any alcohol.