An employee with a community services company was charged with abuse after leaving a person with disabilities in a hot, locked vehicle while she got a waxing procedure done.

Bridget C. Flynn, 35, Kansasville, was charged Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court with felony counts of second-degree recklessly endangering safety and false imprisonment, along with misdemeanor counts of obstructing an officer and negligently abusing a patient.

The two felonies carry a total fine of $35,000 and 16 years in prison, while the two misdemeanors carry a fine of $11,000 and a year in county jail.

Flynn made her initial court appearance Tuesday.

According to the criminal complaint:
City of Burlington police were responded to Washington Avenue at North Pine Street on July 25 in regard to a handicapped vehicle with a disabled person inside that had been left unattended for 30 minutes.

When the officer arrived, he observed a female lying in the back seat with a sweaty, glazed look on her face. All the doors were locked, all the windows were up, and the vehicle was parked in full sun. The complaint states the temperature inside the vehicle was 109 degrees.
The defendant was seen exiting a salon and approached the vehicle. She stated she was the victim’s caregiver, but gave police incorrect information about the company she worked for or who her boss was.

Through the investigation, the officer learned the victim was autistic, had a seizure disorder and was a resident at a nearby group home. The defendant was employed by Paragon Community Services.

Flynn was supposed to transport the female to Discovery World in Milwaukee for the day, but took her to Taco Bell and then to Echo Park. The complaint states she failed to advise her work that she changed the destination.

A preliminary hearing for Flynn has been set for 8:30 a.m. Sept. 5.


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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.