Augusta mother charged after 4-year-old goes to store alone

Posted March 14, 2014, at 9:25 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A 40-year-old mother was charged Wednesday after her 4-year-old daughter wandered from their home to a convenience store a half-mile away in a snowstorm, police said.

Franca Gagliano-McFarland never reported her daughter missing, according to Augusta Deputy Chief Jared Mills.

A clerk at a Western Avenue convenience store notified police around 5:30 p.m. after noticing the girl was by herself at the store, according to Mills, who said the child wanted ice cream.

The clerk kept her eye on the child until officers arrived, the deputy chief said.

Gagliano-McFarland apparently told police she was unaware the child had left the house, Mills said.

The deputy chief noted the situation could’ve turned out worse since the child wandered off during a snowstorm and during the evening commute.

Gagliano-McFarland was summoned for endangering the welfare of a child but not arrested, Mills said.

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