East End mom files breastfeeding complaint with Riverhead Town Police

When police arrived, the woman was nursing and claims one of the officers told her to ‘cover that up,’ numerous times.

Andrea Zeledon-Mussio says she called police last week

Andrea Zeledon-Mussio says she called police last week from Wading River to report her ex-husband was violating a court order. (Credit: News 12)

RIVERHEAD - A woman on the East End is filing a claim against Riverhead Town Police over public breastfeeding.

Andrea Zeledon-Mussio says she called police last week from Wading River to report her ex-husband was violating a court order.

Zeledon-Mussio was waiting for officers in her car with her 11-month-old daughter and her 12-year-old son. She says her daughter became fussy so she began to nurse her.  

When police arrived, Zeledon-Mussio claims one of the officers told her numerous times to “cover that up.”

She says she eventually covered up as a courtesy to the officer.

“I want to let you know what you are asking me to do is illegal,” Zeledon-Mussio says she told the officer.

She says she felt intimidated by the officer and has filed a complaint with Riverhead Town Police. She hopes to make sure everyone knows that public breastfeeding is protected under New York state law.

Riverhead police said they are investigating the allegations.

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