PD: Grandma Booted Boys Into 4 A.M., 20-Degree Cold After Rowdy Sleepover

Middletown Police say a 71-year-old city woman is charged with two counts of risk of injury to a child after she couldn't take her grandson's friends' noise anymore — and sent them home.


A 71-year-old city woman, fed up with the rowdiness of her grandson's sleepover, sent two boys out into 23-degree weather to find their way home at 4:30 a.m., according to Middletown Police. 

On Feb. 3 at 9:12 a.m., police were called to a home on Rising Trail Drive about two boys who had been kicked out of a sleepover at 4:30 a.m., according to the report. Police say the mother of an 11-year-old called to say she awoke at 8:30 a.m. to find her son and his 10-year-old friend unexpectedly home from a sleepover at the home of Barbara Aiello, 71, of Rising Trail Drive.

Police say her questioning revealed they had been "kicked out" of Aiello's home during 23-degree weather. The report said Aiello, who has custody of her 14-year-old grandson, said the three boys and their friends were on the third floor and "she couldn't take it anymore as the boys were extremely loud and told them, 'you have to leave,'" ordering them outside.

The report indicates Aiello did not have the boy's parents' phone numbers and never considered calling or driving the boys home.

She was charged with two counts risk of injury to a child.

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Mel February 05, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Hey Lydia, you sound as obnoxious as those brat kids! When you turn 71 perhaps we can take away your drivers' license or prohibit you seeing your grandchild, cos u will be too old, as you say . I agree w Frances R. Comment. Seriously, this grandmother has been thru Hell & w her hubby & deceased son. She is a victim here, most importantly she is an ELDER who deserves respect for trying her hardest. Plus, the parents didn't even leave contact numbers just in case. Even though they live right in same complex. Pffff. People are forgetting what it means to be human. LYDIA, don't be upset cos these brat kids were yours. Keep raising them as inconsiderate monsters, my dog has wiser comments than yourself. Also, did I write this simple enough for you to read.?
thomas February 05, 2013 at 04:44 PM
we need some God fearing bible thumping grandparents more than ever to keep these twits out of jail or an early grave.
Heather Cornwell February 05, 2013 at 06:11 PM
I agree with you guys. Who leaves their kid with ANYONE without a phone number? If my kid acts up past 10PM I want to know about it so I can bring their ass home. This is wasted tax payer money. Mtown cops should be cleaning up Main St. where it is unsafe to walk in instead of things like this. A 73 year old woman is NOT a danger to society.
Heather Cornwell February 05, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Nicholas Provenzo February 08, 2013 at 09:38 PM
So I looked up the offense that Aiello has been charges with—two counts of “injury or risk of injury to, or impairing morals of, children.” The pertinent part reads that “[a]ny person who wilfully or unlawfully causes or permits any child under the age of sixteen years to be placed in such a situation that the life or limb of such child is endangered, the health of such child is likely to be injured or the morals of such child are likely to be impaired, or does any act likely to impair the health or morals of any such child” is guilty of a felony. To convict a defendant of risk of injury to a child, a court must find that the accused acted wilfully and that he either intended resulting injury to victim, or he knew that injury would occur, or that his conduct was of such a character that it demonstrated a reckless disregard of the consequences. So here, the grandmother made her young houseguests walk home in the early morning. According to the report, the distance involved was no more than what could be walked in four hours (and I suspect it was much less). I am at a loss to see any injury or threat of injury here. My view is that Aiello should lawyer up.


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