A Maryland mother is accused of abandoning an 18-month old child on the side of a road.
On Thursday evening, a motorist called the Maryland State Police to report that a child was left on the side of a road not far from Denton, according to a police press release. They have accused Elizabeth Newnam, 29, of Easton of dumping that child, who is reportedly her own son.
“The preliminary investigation indicates that Newnam was standing outside of her vehicle when a motorist driving by observed her throwing something into a nearby field,” police stated. “State police investigators were told by a witness it appeared as if she had struck a deer. The witness told investigators they turned their vehicle around to help Newnam, who returned to her vehicle and quickly fled the scene.” That witness walked over to where it appeared Newman through something only to discover “a child with visible injuries.”
That witness provided a description of Newnam’s vehicle to police and “moments later, troopers located Newnam inside her vehicle not far from the location where she initially left the 18- month-old child,” police claim. While arresting her, police said that Newnam was exhibiting signs of being impaired.
Details on the extent of the child’s injuries, or how they were inflicted, have not been released.
Newnam has been charged with one count of second-degree child abuse, one count of neglect of a minor, one count of reckless endangerment, one count of second-degree assault, one count of disorderly conduct and driving under the influence. She is currently being held without bond. It’s not clear if she has a lawyer who can speak on her behalf at this time. The Maryland Department of Social Services is assisting in the investigation, which is ongoing, WBAL-TV in Baltimore reports.
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