Oct 31, 2016 4:45 PM
SALEM – Two New Hampshire mothers arrested at the end of September after police found them caring for their infant children while they were allegedly intoxicated were scheduled to be arraigned Monday morning, but only one of them showed up.
Amber Giordano, 24, of Hampstead, failed to show up to her arraignment in the 10th District Division Court in Salem on Monday. Giordano has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child in connection to the incident
According to police, Giordano has possibly had multiple run-ins with the law in different parts of the state since her September 19 arrest in Salem.
“Some other issues that have been brought to our attention is that she allegedly had contact with other law enforcement agencies, which may have put her in violation of her bail conditions she was released on here,” said Capt. Joel Dolan of the Salem Police Department.
A warrant has not yet been issued for her arrest for failing to appear in court, and she could be facing more charges for it.
“We will try to track her down and take her into custody so that she could answer for her original outstanding charges, as well as any new charges that may be forthcoming,” Dolan said.
The other mother is Baylie Lecolst, 22, of Salem, who’s also facing a misdemeanor charge for endangering the welfare of a child.
She did appear in court on Monday morning to plead not guilty to the charge. Court documents show she does have a previous felony conviction for possession of a controlled drug, specifically heroin.
However, police said that conviction likely won’t affect the current case, unless Lecolst was on probation or violated any court orders from that conviction.
She is scheduled to go to trial in Salem on December 30.
Giordano also has a previous charge for possession of a controlled drug out of Londonderry in 2014.
The children who were in Giordano and Lecolst’s care at the time of the September incident were identified as their biological children, who were 1-month and 4-months-old at the time.
Dolan said the Salem Police Department’s juvenile unit was investigating the case with DCYF. At the time of the women’s arrest, the children were placed in the care of family members.
Police did not have any information about who is currently caring for the children.
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