Bangor woman charged after child allegedly ingests Xanax pills

Posted April 17, 2013, at 11:36 a.m.
Sharon Perkins
Bangor Police Department
Sharon Perkins

BANGOR, Maine — A report of a child ingesting the drug Xanax led to charges against a Bangor woman, police said.

Sharon Perkins, 39, is accused of unlawful furnishing of a schedule drug, a Class D misdemeanor, and hindering apprehension or prosecution, a Class E misdemeanor, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said.

On March 31, Bangor police and Department of Health and Human Services officials investigated a report in which a 1-year-old child had ingested Xanax pills after finding them on the floor of a Bangor residence, according to Edwards.

Xanax is a drug used to treat depression or anxiety.

During the investigation, police discovered some of the adults involved misled investigators about how the child gained access to the drug, the sergeant said. Edwards did not disclose the relationship between the child and Perkins.

The sergeant said the child was not poisoned by the drugs but was treated at Eastern Maine Medical Center the night of the incident and released. He added he did not know where the child is staying now.

Perkins was summoned and charged by police on Monday but not arrested, Edwards said. A court date has not been set for her.

Edwards said the incident remains under investigation.

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