Young mother charged with possession of narcotics and endangering the welfare of a child

BELMONT — A 22-year-old Pembroke woman was released on $15,000 personal recognizance bail yesterday being charged with having narcotics in her possession while in an unheated car with her 7-month-old baby Saturday night.

Shanna Boucher is also charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly having him near intravenous drugs and needles.

Judge Jim Carroll of the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division agreed she could be released "much to his displeasure and concern" if a full-report of the incident was filed with the Division of Children, Youth and Families by 8:30 a.m. on January 13.

Carroll also said that she was to appear back in court that day and he would review the report, the case, and the recommendations of the DCYF to determine if she should continue to be free on personal recognizance bail.

According to police affidavits, an officer on routine patrol near the Irving Station on Prescott Hill about 6:30 p.m. noticed a small, red car with two people sitting in it, apparently working on something under the dash board.

As the officer neared the car, he saw he a male holding a lighter to a metal spoon — something the officer described as a common way to melt drugs. The male was sitting in the driver's seat and when he saw the officer approach, he stepped out of the car and gave the officer the spoon, which contained a green, soupy matter.

The male told police he had a prescription for the oxycodone and was in a lot of pain. Police said the man had his sleeve rolled up and police said there were fresh track marks on his arms.

He told police he had been trying to fix the heater in the car.

Once additional police arrived, Boucher, who was in the front passenger seat, got out of the car, told police the vehicle belonged to her father, and gave them written permission to search it. Police noticed a needle and a smaller spoon holding a similar green soupy matter that were allegedly within a foot of the baby.

She had some pills in a baggie and three hypodermic needles but said she wasn't shooting drugs.

Police took the baby and placed him in the back of the cruiser for warmth and safety. Boucher's father later came and took the child and the car.

The man in the driver's seat has not been charged with any crime.

Boucher's public defender said she was scheduled to appear in the 6th Circuit Court, Concord Division for possession of drugs and was working with a Merrimack County rehabilitation program. To the best of his knowledge, the attorney said she had not tested positive for any drugs.