This apartment on Center Street, pictured on June 6, 2021, in Old Town, is the center of an investigation into the death of a toddler. Credit: Sawyer Loftus / Penobscot Times

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A mother charged with manslaughter in the death of her child did not immediately seek medical treatment for the 3-year-old, prosecutors said in court Monday. 

Hillary Goding, 28, of Old Town was arrested Sunday, and charged with manslaughter according to Maine State Police. Goding called 911 late Friday after saying her daughter, Hailey Anne Goding, was unresponsive and not breathing. The 3-year-old was taken to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center where she died Sunday, police said.

A trailer, wrapped in police tape, sits outside an apartment on June 6, 2021, on Center Street in Old Town. The trailer is part of an ongoing investigation into the death of a toddler in the building. Credit: Sawyer Loftus / Penobscot Times

Goding made her first appearance remotely Monday afternoon before a judge at the Penobscot Judicial Center from the Penobscot County Jail.

Superior Court Justice Ann Murray did not ask Goding to enter a plea because she has not yet been indicted by a Penobscot County grand jury. 

Maine Assistant Attorney General Lisa Bogue said there was a prior instance when Goding exposed the young girl to drugs and she needed medical attention. 

An autopsy was performed on the girl, but findings are not being released at this time, police said. 

The judge set bail at $50,000 cash, the amount requested by Bogue, who is prosecuting the case. Conditions include no unsupervised contact with children under the age of 12, no use of intoxicants and testing for their use.

Murray also granted Bogue’s motion to seal the affidavit until Goding is indicted or the court orders it unsealed. 

The judge appointed Martha Harris of Bangor, who has handled similar cases, to represent Goding.

Goding is next due in court on Aug. 3. A trial is not expected to be held until 2022.

State Police’s Major Crimes Unit, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and the Old Town Police Department are continuing to investigate. 

If convicted, Goding faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000 on the manslaughter charge.

Sawyer Loftus

Sawyer Loftus is a reporter covering Old Town, Orono and the surrounding areas. A recent graduate of the University of Vermont, Sawyer grew up in Vermont where he's worked for Vermont Public Radio, The...