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PD: Naugatuck Woman Drove Drunk With Kids in the Car

Police said a 28-year-old resident was found passed out at the wheel while her two children, ages 3 and 4, were in the back seat. She said she thought she was in New Britain.

A Naugatuck woman is facing felony charges after police said she was caught passed out in her car, heavily under the influence of alcohol, while her two children were sitting in the back seat.

Randie Murphy, 28, of 81 Beacon Manor Circle, had to be shaken by the investigating officer when police found her asleep at the wheel on Beacon Wood Court at 5:48 p.m. on Thursday, said Lt. Robert Harrison, Naugatuck police public information officer. The keys were in the ignition and the car was still running, Harrison said.

Initially, police were dispatched to the location — just a short distance from her home — thinking it was medical emergency based on the 911 call, Harrison said. But after awaking Murphy police were the able to determine she was under the influence.

Murphy was slurring her words and had glassy, bloodshot eyes, Harrison said. When asked where she lived, she gave several addresses and had also said that she thought she was in New Britain, Harrison said.

On top of this, police located a bottle of alcohol in Murphy’s car, Harrison said. She later failed a field sobriety test, at which point police placed her under arrest for driving under the influence.

Because she had two children in the back seat — ages 3 and 4 — police also charged her with two counts of felony risk of injury to a minor. Murphy was held overnight at the Naugatuck Police Department on a total bond of $11,500.

She was due to appear in Waterbury Superior Court on Friday.

The Department of Children and Families were notified and the children were reportedly taken into their custody, police said.

HealthyMom March 02, 2012 at 06:03 PM
What a piece of CRAP!!! Put that sorry excuse.of a mother away for EVER. Makes me.so angry!!!!
Joe Norton March 02, 2012 at 06:32 PM
ditto nee
Fr March 02, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Punishment and help is what's needed. Need to know more about this person. Does she have a record? Have police been called before? She was found nest to her house...had she been driving all around? We have to have some pity on this poor sick person, no? She was caught before she hurt anyone. Anyone condemning her w/o knowing the FULL story should ask themselves, WWJD?
donna c March 02, 2012 at 08:23 PM
she does not live in beacon manor she lives in new britian
Really March 02, 2012 at 08:27 PM
She lives on Beacon Manor Circle, when PD woke her out of her drunken stupor she thought she was in New Britain
Really March 02, 2012 at 08:32 PM
What does having a record have to do with it. She failed a field sobriety test, that needs to happen only once and her keys were in the ignition with the car running. I think she is more than guilty she put a 3 and 4 yr old child at risk the moment the got in that car.
donna c March 02, 2012 at 08:37 PM
believe me this piece of work would not be allowed to live at 81 beacon manor circle she lives in new britain
Aida March 02, 2012 at 09:08 PM
She is from New Britain and it is not the first time this happends with her she was going to rehabb. So many people have tryed to help her and she hurt every single one. So me personaly feel that some time away from everyone and everything would now be the best for her. Sorry Randie I love you and you are my nephews mom but it's time you get real help.
Kissfan73 March 02, 2012 at 10:41 PM
There is additional info available on ctpost.com about this candidate for "trash" mom of the year.
Jim March 03, 2012 at 12:47 AM
She was 4 times over the legal threshold of .08 with a .34 !!
Fr March 03, 2012 at 06:05 AM
Does anyone think she said "I'm going to get completely wasted for fun. I love being so drunk I can't function and the heck with my kids"? I doubt it. Would you do that yourself? I doubt it. She's a person who did this (and has probably done it for a while) because she has a serious illness that needs to be cured. No one does this because they love the feeling or because they love what their live's become. Mental, physical...whatever it is, it needs treatment. Now she'll get it.
B-Rad March 03, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Hey, she put that first drink in her mouth. She knows better.
SILENT WOLF March 03, 2012 at 01:28 PM
She does have a addiction and needs to come to term with it . However I hope someone in her relatives is decent enough to care for the children of her's while she does so.You and anyone else should not want DCF to care for them .Kids have been placed by them and were abuse as well.Also sounds like a absentee father situation .Maybe the uncle, who knows she has had a trouble pass should step in for the kids ,providing he is a responsible adult and able to do so .Those who write in just to condemn, and carry on a kangaroo court ,We should just let the justice system do it's thing and for them they should act in the best interest of the children. I also understand the people for being angry at her for what she is putting her little ones through , after all if a child can't be "PROTECTED " by it's parent who could htey trust.?????
Lisa Molner March 03, 2012 at 02:28 PM
I saw this on the news Friday at 6pm
John Doe March 04, 2012 at 01:10 PM
I think a little time behind bars will do her good! Some people need that instead of rehab
barb March 04, 2012 at 01:29 PM
this girl needs a lot of help. shes probally a good person just got in with the wrong people at 1 time. yes where is the father to those kids, he no better than she is alowing this, and her family where r they, we all no she need help but calling her names and saying bad things about her wont help. hope her family has the kids till she gets all the help she can, it dont matter if she from naugy or new britian, WHO CARES OK. the girl needs help that all,going to jail is not a treatment , she needs help as going to a rehap or something. i hope things will get better for her , her kids r just lil ones and thats there mom.
Fr March 04, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Our society wrongly views alcohol addiction as a crime first, then far down the list, as an illness. It should be the other way around. 90% of ALL of us have gotten drunk once (or more) to the point of getting sick and probably doing something we could have been thrown in jail for. BUT...we were just lucky and didn't get caught. Again, we tend to look at these poor addicted souls as "people who must really enjoy their addiction or why else would they do it?" Until you've "been there, done that" you have no idea the pain most alcoholics endure...and it's out of physical and mental addiction, not "fun". Science has proven there is such a thing as an "addiction gene" and until the rest of society stops thinking "those drunk people are just having way too much fun" and starts seeing this for what it really is, this will continue. Is what she did with her children wrong? ABSOLUTELY! Should she be punished? Maybe. (One has to think the lifetime notoriety she's no attained for her actions, the pain she knows she's caused her children and being apart from her children is already a bit of punishment.) We as a society need to stop the "knee-jerk" reaction of "throw her in jail for life" and think about the deep-seated illness that would cause a mother to do this. Minimally, we (as mere readers of a newspaper article) have to hold off on judgment (as if it's our decision anyway) and maybe think "If events in my life made me drink to this excess, there but for the grace of God go I".
citizen March 05, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Well said Fr.
Dave Silberman March 05, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Mike Hunt Oh, she is HOT! I want to see this chick in person, does she have a boyfriend?
Michelle Alberto Malone March 05, 2012 at 03:50 PM
She has asked for help from the court and they tell her there is no beds out there for her to get help. The state will not help her get help. There are no beds available for her. She has been to a few "rehabs" in the past few weeks where they keep her for 3 days and think she can leave. Her boyfriend/ the father of the children also have a problem. they both need a longer then 3 day program. It is unfrotunate this happened and everyone around is distraught but this is the best thing for her. She can finally get the help she needs. Now the court will see they need to make room for her somewhere... even if it is in another state. Its not jail that she needs... she needs the medical treatment for this disease.
barb March 06, 2012 at 04:31 PM
i agree with you michelle, im sure shes a good person, she needs time and help, she has a big life ahead of herself.
Art Dunphy April 18, 2012 at 11:26 PM
As a recovering alcoholic myself, I think everyone needs to sit back and first of all make sure this poor girl gets the help she desperately needs. I'm sure she loves those girls and they love their mom. alcoholism is a deep, dark illness and people only get better with help.....from everyone !
Art Dunphy April 18, 2012 at 11:30 PM
well said Michelle
Derek Joseph Petro June 13, 2012 at 06:24 PM
I see NO common law jurisdictions broken here. She should ask the judge for a solution. NOT accept a punishment. Her kids being taken from her IS punishment enough. I PERSONALLY will be overviewing this case. And so will MANY others due to my interest. By the end of this case, I hope a PROPER solution is attained. Proper meaning,... NO TIME, NO PROBATION, NO LABELS. ONLY HELP.

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