Two New Hampshire mothers are facing child endangerment charges following their arrest on Sept. 19 for being drunk in a mall parking lot with their babies.
The police officer from Salem, New Hampshire, says he found the two mothers, one of whom was sitting in a puddle of water and holding her baby above her head, in the shopping mall parking lot, reports the Boston Globe.
“Officers noticed that the females were barely able to stand, let alone care for the infants,” the police statement said.
The babies, a 1-month-old and a 4-month-old, are the children of Baylie Lecolst, 22, of Salem, and Amber Giordano, 24, of Hampstead, New Hampshire.
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Both women were released on personal recognizance, and their arraignment is set for Oct. 31.
The infants have been turned over to family members, and investigators are working with the New Hampshire Department of Children, Youth, and Families regarding the case.
The website Criminal Defense Lawyer summarizes “child endangerment” as follows:
An adult caring for a child has a legal responsibility to ensure that child is free from unreasonably dangerous situations. When an adult caregiver fails to adequately protect a child, states often punish this as a crime known as “child endangerment.”
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While some states may punish child endangerment as a different offense than child abuse, other states include child endangerment activity as a type of child abuse. Child endangerment occurs whenever a parent, guardian, or other adult caregiver allows a child to be placed or remain in a dangerous, unhealthy, or inappropriate situation.