HINGHAM, Mass. — A 21-year-old Hingham woman was arrested Thursday after police said she left an infant in a car while she ordered drinks at a local restaurant.
Police said an off-duty Boston police officer, Detective Joseph King, was eating at the Stars on Hingham Harbor restaurant on Otis Street around 9:45 a.m. when he observed a woman with an infant drinking at the bar.
King said when she ordered another drink, the server refused. After being refused the drink, she walked out with the infant, police said.
Around 10 minutes later the woman re-entered the restaurant without the 2-month-old and was again refused a drink.
King alerted local police and met officers in the parking lot.
“I kind of had a hunch,” King said. “I walked to the back of the restaurant and I saw the car I thought she left in earlier, and I looked in the back and I saw a baby seat.”
The woman, who was identified as Stacy Ducharme, approached her vehicle and told officers it was her car.
Police got Ducharme’s keys, opened the door and under a blanket was the infant, who was awake and in good condition.
Police said they were able to determine the infant was in the car alone for around 20 minutes.
Ducharme’s eyes were red, glassy and bloodshot, police said, and she began to question officers why they were there.
Police said at that point Ducharme began to create a disturbance in the parking lot as they tried to get more information from her.
Ducharme was arrested and the infant was taken to South Shore Hospital for an examination.
The Department of Children and Families was also contacted and officials went to the hospital.
The car was towed, police said, and Ducharme was charged with reckless endangerment and disturbing the peace. She was arraigned in court Thursday.
DCF is investigating.
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