May 28, 2018
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Belgrade woman charged after son wanders away from home

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

MOUNT VERNON, Maine — A 31-year-old mother was charged with child endangerment after her son apparently wandered away from home and was plucked from a stream by a Good Samaritan, state police said Wednesday.

The son of Melissa Godin apparently walked 5 miles from her Belgrade residence to nearby Mount Vernon on Monday, according to State Trooper Diane Perkins-Vance.

The child, whose age Perkins-Vance did not disclose, was walking along the Wings Mills Road when passerby Patricia Stanton, Dean of Students at Maranacook Community School in Readfield, came across the boy on her way to work around 6 a.m., the trooper said.

The trooper said Stanton turned her car around and called for help when she realized the pedestrian on Wings Mills Road was a child. Perkins-Vance said Stanton called 911 when she saw the boy walking down an embankment toward Long Pond by the Long Pond Storage Dam.

The boy went into the water, clinging to the Wings Mills Road bridge, Perkins-Vance said, but Stanton was able to quickly get him out of the water.

The boy was not injured, Perkins-Vance said, and Stanton was commended for preventing a situation that could’ve been worse.

“This could’ve easily turned out differently,” Perkins-Vance said. “It probably would have if not for Patricia Stanton.”

Godin is scheduled to appear in Waterville District Court on June 17.

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