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Alleged Drunk Driver Left Three Children Home Alone

A man stopped in Greenfield for drunken driving told the officer who pulled him over that he had to go home because he had left his three young children — including one with severe disabilities — with no adult to supervise.

A man stopped by police for drunken driving is facing far more serious charges, after officers discovered he had left his three young children, including one with severe disabilities, home alone. 

According to Greenfield police, an officer stopped a slow-moving purple Jeep Grand Cherokee at 12:51 a.m. July 17. The vehicle was moving between 20 and 25 mph in the 35 mph zone in the 4600 block of West Forest Home Avenue, and was drifting from side to side within the lane. The officer said the driver was looking down at a cell phone as he drove. 

After the officer pulled over the Jeep, the 32-year-old driver Ismael Alcaraz-Prado failed field sobriety tests. As they waited for a tow truck to remove the Jeep, Alcaraz-Prado told the officer he needed to go home tonight, because his children, all under the age of 8, were home alone. 

The officer took Alcaraz-Prado to the hospital for a blood draw, and then to the police department, where he cited for his third drunken driving offense. The officer also asked the Milwaukee Police Department to check on the children at the home. According to the Greenfield Police Department report, Milwaukee did not respond to the teletype request, so the officer called MPD District 2 and asked squads check the residence and for the well-being of the children. 

Milwaukee police told the officer they had been unable to make contact with anyone at Alcaraz-Prado's home when they first checked at 3:18 a.m. Milwaukee police returned to the residence at 7:10 a.m., and spoke to the three children, aged 4, 6 and 8, who were at the home. The criminal complaint filed in Milwaukee County Circuit Court outlines what those officers found.

According to that criminal complaint, the 8-year-old said their father sometimes leaves them home alone while he runs to the store. The boy told a forensic interviewer that his dad drinks lots of beer, and sometimes leaves him in charge. He said he has to take care of his disabled 4-year-old brother, including cleaning up after him when he throws up. He said "his house isn't good because of all the roaches and no food." 

What the officers say they found bore out the boy's description. Officers reported flies in the kitchen; dirty dishes on the coffee table, kitchen table, stove top and in the sink; full garbage bags throughout the home; and only a few cans of beans and vegetables and a half-gallon of milk in the refrigerator, plus three small bags of what appeared to be frozen meat in the kitchen. 

In addition to the drunken driving citation, Alcaraz-Prado faces three counts of misdemeanor child neglect in Milwaukee County Circuit Court. Each count comes with the possible penalty of a $10,000 fine or nine months in jail. 

Carolyn Tyler July 30, 2012 at 12:25 PM
What is wrong with people? How can one neglect the life you brought into this world? If you don't want to take care of them, zip it or get a vasectomy! Oh, people like this make me cringe!!! Unbelievable! I am so glad that the police caught this man. I see far too many people driving while looking down at their cell phones. Like one teacher I know phrased it, "I know you are not looking at your crotch!" Hopefully, this children can be taken better care of and grow up to be healthy, safe and accomplished. No child in America should live like these kids were.
Catherine Smith August 01, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Why weren't these three children placed into state custody? If the grandmother was local, she should have known the living conditions of her grandchildren and attempted to do something about it. The fact that a four year old child, severely disabled, lying on the floor in filth, feeding tube out, dried tears on his cheeks, and the other two small children left to fend for themselves and care for him - not sure how a grandmother would not be aware of this if she cared about the children. The state officials need to do a lot more than simply drop these children off at a family member's home. Do authorities plan to do anything to ensure appropriate, future care of these children? Is anyone in the media planning to follow the plight of these children, because I'm sure the public doesn't care if they lock the "father" away for life, but we do care about the vulnerable members of our communities. It would be helpful if the media would follow and report on the outcome for these children. If the grandmother is a loving, caring person who was for some reason unable to assist her grandchildren, I apologize for my comments, but I do feel that just dropping them off should not be the end of assistance provided to these children.

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