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Mother Who Apparently Overdosed on Camera as Child Looked on Released on Personal Recognizance



    (Published Monday, Nov. 28, 2016)

    A Massachusetts woman who was caught on camera after passing out from an apparent overdose inside a store with her young daughter looking on in horror earlier this year faced a judge Monday afternoon.

    Essex District Attorney's Office says Mandy McGowan was released on personal recognizance with conditions during her arraignment on one count of child endangerment at Lawrence District Court, including staying in her Wilmington rehabilitation center, staying drug free and taking random drug tests.

    "The medics informed officers that the defendant in front of you, Mandy McGowan, needed two shots of Narcan to be revived from her overdose," said Lindsay Shaheen, assistant district attorney of Essex County.

    Lawrence police released video of incident after it happened in a Family Dollar store back in late September.

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    Officers allegedly found residue and paraphernalia consistent with either fentanyl or heroin in McGowan's bag, who was revived by Narcan and then hospitalized at Lawrence General Hospital.

    "Upon searching the defendants diaper bag to find the source of identification, they noticed two straws cut to several inches long with white powdery substance on them," said Shaheen.

    McGowan's unnamed 2-year-old daughter was placed into the custody of the Department of Children and Families after her mother's apparent overdose.

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