ROCKLAND — A Rockland woman will serve up to 14 days in jail after admitting to leaving her 2-year-old son alone at home while she spent the night at a friend’s house.

Destiny Barrett, 22, pleaded guilty Thursday morning in Rockland District Court to endangering the welfare of a child. Judge Patrick Ende accepted the proposed sentence agreement reached between the prosecution and defense attorney that calls for a six-month deferred disposition.

If Barrett refrains from new criminal conduct and attends mental health and substance abuse counseling, she will get a sentence of 180 days in jail with all but 14 days suspended. Defense attorney Marina Sideris will be able to argue for less time to be served when sentencing is held in May. Under the agreement, Barrett also is to be placed on probation for six months after serving the jail time.

Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody told Judge Ende that Barrett can have contact with her child only with approval of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

Rockland police arrested Barrett for the offense early in the morning on Aug. 15. When arrested, she told police that she should not be arrested because no one told her that it was wrong to leave a child home alone.

Police had come to her apartment shortly after 11 p.m. on Aug. 14 to arrest a man on an unrelated probation violation. Within a half hour of police leaving, they received telephone calls from neighbors who said the woman had left the child alone in the apartment.

Officers found the child alone in a bedroom. They contacted the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, and the child was placed with relatives. Barrett could not be located at that time.

Shortly after 4 a.m., however, as officers responded to an unrelated complaint at a neighboring apartment complex, they saw Barrett leaving a residence in that housing development. Officers stopped her, interviewed her and arrested her.


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