June 23, 2018
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Rockland mother charged with endangering child is arrested again on drug charge

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — Bail was set at $250 cash Monday for a 26-year-old Rockland woman who was arrested on a drug possession charge just two days after she had been arrested for allegedly injecting oxycodone while leaving her child outside in a wading pool.

Judge Susan Sparaco set bail Monday for Danielle R. Demeritt for a felony charge of possession of oxycodone and a lesser charge of violating a condition of release. Demeritt remained jailed Monday afternoon.

According to an affidavit filed in Rockland District Court, Rockland Police Officer Andrew Redden said the latest arrest occurred Friday night when officers arrived at her home to check to make sure she was adhering to bail conditions from her arrest Wednesday for endangering the welfare of a child. The child was placed in the custody of a family member after the Wednesday incident. Demeritt had been released on bail following her first arrest Wednesday.

Upon arrival Friday, officers searched her home and found a spoon with a white substance on it. Demeritt told officers the substance was oxycodone but that it had been left over from her prior arrest and that she had not injected drugs since her Wednesday arrest.

Details about Wednesday’s arrest were not available Monday. District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau said he had yet to receive the police report on that case and no complaint has yet been filed by his office following that arrest. Rockland police issued a statement Friday saying the mother had been arrested for leaving her “very young child” in a wading pool while she went inside the residence to inject drugs.

The age of the child was not available Monday nor was information available about how long the child was left in the pool or how police were notified of a possible problem.

Attorney Daniel Purdy said Demeritt is a full-time student at the University of Maine System’s University College in Rockland. He said he sought the $250 cash bail because Demeritt said the drugs were left over and did not signify new drug use.

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