Woman drives off with stranger’s car and children


Charita Mack

A city woman faces child endangerment and other charges after she drove off with someone else’s Cadillac with children in the back seat.

Officer Edward McKiernan was flagged down Wednesday by a man who said his car and young children had been taken. He said he had just purchased a used car that his friend drove home for him. The man told the officer he wanted to take the Honda for a test ride, and he left his friend with his girlfriend’s Cadillac, which had his two children inside. Also present was a woman they had just met and knew only as Yummy, the victim said.

Before driving off, the victim told his friend not to leave Yummy alone in the car, he told police.

However, the friend went into the victim’s Atlantic Street home to use the bathroom and when he emerged, the car and children were gone.

The two men drove around looking for the car and then flagged down McKiernan.

While they were talking, the two men spotted the car traveling on Atlantic Street a few blocks up. The officer caught up to the vehicle in the 400 block and pulled it over.

Yummy, who was later identified as Charita Mack, 23, of Bridgeport got out of the car and attempted to run. McKiernan checked on the well-being of the children and then chased down and arrested Mack.

She faces two counts of risk of injury to a minor, two counts of reckless endangerment, taking a motor vehicle without the owner’s permission and interfering with police.

The children were not harmed. Police made a referral to the Department of Children and Families.

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