Mom Charged After Overdosing While Shopping With Toddler

Owen Stevens
Ноября 29, 2016

Mandy McGowan hid under a hood as she faced child endangerment charges in Lawrence District Court Monday.

"If I knew I was gonna be like that I wouldn't have my daughter with me", she said.

Police released footage after a mother passed out in a Family Dollar store in Lawrence, Massachusetts, beside her young daughter.

McGowan's lawyer argued against bail, telling the court, she is already getting help at a residential treatment facility in Wilmington.

Monday, when McGowan arrived in court, she was taken into custody pending her arraignment later that afternoon.

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Officers allegedly found residue and paraphernalia consistent with either fentanyl or heroin in McGowan's bag.

In court, Shaheen noted the little girl was crying and "spent several minutes" trying to get her mother to wake up before paramedics arrived. She voluntarily gave up her rights to her child but is now working with New Hampshire child safety authorities, he said. She was placed on probation and was ordered to continue drug treatment until her case is resolved.

She was charged with reckless endangerment of her child and prosecutors sought to hold McGowan on $10,000 cash bail. Defense Attorney Jim Klotz said, "She's entered a program she's 67 days into that program, to now hold her on 10,000 cash bail in jail, which she is clearly not going to be able to post that, will set her back". She must remain drug and alcohol free.

"This is a young lady who obviously has an issue, she's dealing with that issue, she's done everything that the Department of Children and Family Services in New Hampshire has asked her to do", Klotz said.

McGowan will appear in court January 13 for a pre-trial hearing.

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