Police respond twice to report of mom passed out with child in tow
Belfast — A Belfast woman is facing a charge of endangering the welfare of a child after police responded to reports that the woman "passed out" on a beach and later at her residence while her four-year-old child went unsupervised.
Kathleen Winslow, 27, of Belfast, was summoned on the charge following a series of incidents that were initially reported to police just before 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23. Belfast Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham said a traveling nurse called police to report Winslow was on the beach near Wonderview Cottages on Route 1 with a small child and she appeared to be passed out.
Cunningham said police responded, found Winslow and the child and attempted to speak with Winslow.
"When the officers tried to speak with her she was incoherent," said Cunningham.
Cunningham said officers at the scene arranged for a ride home for Winslow and her child, and it wasn't long before police fielded another call from Ryan Road regarding Winslow.
This time, Cunningham said, police received a report of a woman passed out on her front steps at an apartment complex on Ryan Road. The caller stated she had a small child playing outside unsupervised.
Police responded to that call just after 6 p.m., and found Winslow lying face down and unresponsive on her front steps. Officers located the child soon after their arrival, and the youth was not hurt.
Cunningham said it is not clear what kind of substance Winslow may have been using prior to her encounter with police, but Belfast Ambulance transported Winslow to Waldo County General Hospital "to see what the problem was."
Winslow is scheduled to appear in Fifth District Court Tuesday, Sept. 17.