Rockland — The parents of a 3-year-old boy found wandering last month at the Maine State Ferry terminal were charged.

Rockland Police and Maine Drug Enforcement agents arrested 43-year-old Paul Mahonen Jr., 43, and Nicole Caven-Gardner, 32, both of the town of Knox, according to Rockland Police Detective Sgt. Alex Gaylor.

Mahonen Jr. was charged with Class A aggravated trafficking of drugs and Caven-Gardner was charged with Class D endangerment of the welfare of a child. Additional charges on both Mahonen Jr. and Caven-Gardner are expected and the investigation in ongoing.

The two were released on bail.

The child was found wandering at the ferry terminal parking lot shortly before 9 a.m. April 27. Ferry terminal workers called the police.

Rockland police located the child, but were unable to identify or locate the child’s parents. The Maine Department of Health and Humans Services responded to assist.

Rockland police went door-to-door in the surrounding neighborhood attempting locate the child’s parents. Those attempts were unsuccessful, and a photograph of the child was posted on the department’s social media account. Information gained from the social media post led Rockland police to make contact with the parents at a nearby motel.

The child was ultimately transported to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport for medical care and found to have been exposed/ingested illicit drugs. The child has been released from the hospital and has been placed in the care of someone other than the parents.

During the investigation, Rockland Police recovered a large amount of fentanyl and cocaine.

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