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Arrested Buffalo mom promises to 'never' take toddler to bar again

The Buffalo mother arrested Friday night after she took her toddler to a Franklin Street bar says she she won't be taking him out to taverns anymore.

"I'll never do it ever again," Anne K. Callan told The Buffalo News on Monday.

Callan, 38, was charged with two counts of child endangerment outside the Tudor Lounge, according to a Buffalo police report.

According to the police report, her son tried to run into the street shortly before 9 p.m. but was stopped by another adult "without the mother even noticing."

Callan disputes that.

Callan said the police officer's assertion she wasn't aware of her son's movements is not accurate. "My son was never, ever left unattended," she said.

She was sitting on a picnic bench on the front patio when she lifted her 20-month-old son from his stroller, she said. That's when he made a beeline for the bar's front door, and she caught up to him to stop him from going inside.

"I had to hop over the stroller to go after him," she said. She kept him from going inside "because the band was too loud," she said.

Her son then dashed toward the street and one of the people smoking on the other side of the patio "got up and grabbed him," she said.

"I was right in back of him," she said. It all happened in a matter of seconds, she said.

The charges in the police report allege Callan left her son "in a stroller while she drank alcohol and child was surrounded by smoke and live loud music."

Callan said she went to the bar to see a friend's band, arriving at the bar between 6:30 and 7 p.m. She and her son had been eating dinner and cake with the band, whose set ended at 7:30 p.m.

They went outside to the patio because another band that started playing around 7:30 was louder than the first band, she said.

Callan, who was scheduled to appear in Buffalo City Court on Monday afternoon, said she has taken her son out with her to "so many different places" without any trouble.

"Never again," she said. "Never, ever, ever."

Mother charged with taking toddler into Franklin Street bar

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