June 24, 2018
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Woman charged after boy, 3, leads police to allegedly passed-out mom

By Beth Brogan, BDN Staff

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A 38-year-old Brunswick woman was charged with child endangerment Thursday after her 3-year-old son answered the door and led them to his allegedly intoxicated and passed-out mother.

Gwendolyn Cardente, 38, was issued a criminal summons for child endangerment, Deputy Chief Marc Hagan of the Brunswick Police Department said Friday.

Just before 5 p.m. Thursday, a caseworker for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services asked Brunswick police to check on Cardente after her 3-year-old son answered the phone and, according to Hagan, told the caseworker, “I can’t wake Mom up. She’s laying on the floor sleeping.”

When Brunswick officers arrived, the child answered the door and led them to the woman, who was allegedly passed out on the floor. Officers subsequently determined she was intoxicated, according to Hagan, and she was taken to Mid Coast Hospital.

The child is staying with relatives, Hagan said.

Cardente is scheduled to appear in West Bath District Court on April 16 to face the charge.

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