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ME: Two arrested after 3-year-old child found unsupervised with drugs in system



Photo courtesy of Rockland Police

Two adults have been arrested after a young child was found with no supervision.

Rockland Police were dispatched to the Rockland Ferry Terminal for a report of an unsupervised 3-year-old child in the parking lot.

According to RPD, the child was located, however, police were unable to identify or locate the child’s parents/guardians. Department of Health and Humans Services responded to the scene to assist.

Police went door to door in the surrounding neighborhood attempting to locate the child’s parents/guardian, but the attempts were unsuccessful.

A photograph of the child was then 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 hotel.

The child was ultimately transported for medical care and found to have been exposed/ingested illicit drugs.

During the investigation, Rockland Police recovered a large amount of illicit drugs in the hotel room. The Rockland Police Department and Maine Drug Enforcement Agents arrested 43-year-old Paul Mahonen Jr. and 32-year-old Nicole Caven-Gardner, both of Knox Maine.

Mahonen Jr. was charged with Aggravated Trafficking of Scheduled W Drugs (Class A) and Caven-Gardner was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Class D).

Additional charges on both Mahonen Jr. and Caven-Gardner are expected.

The investigation is ongoing.

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