standing Stonington Police Department

STONINGTON — A Pawcatuck man is facing charges after police said he locked his wife out of the couple's home with the children inside, then refused to allow officers to check on the children and hid behind one of the kids when officers forced their way into the home.

Ryan D. McLaughlin, of 22 Greenhaven Road, was arraigned Monday in New London Superior Court on charges of second-degree breach of peace, risk of injury to a child, misdemeanor criminal lockout, resisting arrest and failure to comply with fingerprint requirements. He was initially held in lieu of a $50,000 bond prior to Monday's hearing.

Stonington police arrested McLaughlin, 31, shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday following a domestic dispute with his live-in girlfriend.

During the dispute, a police report said he locked the woman out of the RV that the two shared as a home, refusing to let her in. When officers arrived, they spoke with him through a door, but he would not open it and refused to let officers conduct a welfare check of children that were inside.

The police said officers forced entry into the RV, at which time he he "attempted to use one of the children to create a physical barrier between he and the police in order to avoid being taken into custody."

The children were not injured, the police said, and officers were eventually able to separate them safely from McLaughlin. The police then struggled with McLaughlin, who fought with officers but was eventually taken to the ground and arrested. He also did not suffer any significant injuries, the police said.

It was unclear in a police summary report whether McLaughlin was the father of the children or how many children were involved. The victim was also not identified. 

McLaughlin refused to cooperate during the booing process at the Stonington Police Department, leading the failure to submit to fingerprinting charge.

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