Two Brookfield brothers were arrested Sunday on charges that they broke into an ex-wife’s home, took three children and drove drunk back to their mother’s Brookfield home.
Alan M. Darlington, 27, and his brother Aaron T. Darlington, 21, both of Wood Street, are both facing burglary, child endangering and obstructing justice charges stemming from the early Sunday incident in which they are accused of breaking into a Vienna home and taking Alan Darlington’s kids, ages 1, 4 and 7, from their beds.
The men are out on bond after appearing in Eastern District Court for arraignment on Monday. However, they are on house arrest pending a court hearing later this week.
Reports said the three children were being watched by two babysitters at their Brunswick Drive home when the brothers pulled up in a truck at about 1 a.m. The babysitters told police the two banged on the door and demanded to be let in. The babysitters locked the door and turned off the lights.
The Darlingtons, reports said, shouldered the door in and told the girls they wanted to check on Alan Darlington’s kids. Aaron Darlington, one of the babysitters said, kept trying to hug her and touch her.
The girls said the two grabbed the three kids. The girls told police they both smelled like alcohol, were drunk and had slurred speech.
Trumbull County Sheriff’s deputies found the men and children at their home in the 6900 block of Wood Street in Brookfield. Officers noted Aaron Darlington had “a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage” had slurred speech and red, glossy eyes.
Aaron Darlington, reports said, told deputies he went with Alan Darlington to take his nephews from the home. Alan Darlington denied going to the home and told deputies his mother picked up the children. The woman denied doing so.
Officers also noted there was no car seat in Darlington’s truck. Alan Darlington then told deputies he went to get his children because he feared for their safety.
Officers found the three kids in their pajamas inside the basement. Their mother picked them up and took them home, reports said.