Chesterville woman arrested after reporting child missing

Posted May 06, 2013, at 9:50 a.m.

FARMINGTON, Maine — A 23-year-old Chesterville woman who reported her child missing Saturday night was arrested on a charge of assault after allegedly hitting a responding policeman.

Brittany Noyes had reported her 4-year-old son missing around 6:30 p.m. but was uncooperative with police, according to Farmington Deputy Chief Shane Cote.

“As our investigation progressed, she became more and more upset,” said Cote.

Cote said Noyes was “impaired by something” when police were questioning her.

The Maine Warden Service, State Police and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office were called in to assist in the search for the child, whose name was not released, the deputy chief said.

Cote said police originally believed the child had wandered away from home, but authorities were able to contact the boy’s father, Jason Fowler, and learned that the child was with the father.

Noyes, however, continued to be uncooperative with police, and when Cote tried to stop her from grabbing a phone a game warden was using to try to contact the boy, she hit the deputy chief, resulting in the assault charge. He was not struck hard, he said.

Noyes was taken into custody and charged with assaulting an officer, Cote said, and when she was brought to Franklin County Jail, police found several Alprazolam pills on her. Alprazolam is a drug used to treat anxiety and depression.

Noyes has been released on bail, a jail official said.

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