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Police say woman allowed grandchild to eat cocaine off table

May 16. 2014 9:05PM


MANCHESTER — A bail hearing is scheduled Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division for a city woman who wants to resume babysitting for her grandchild who ate cocaine the woman allegedly left in a container on the kitchen table Feb. 13.

Bonnie Olson, 42, of 176 Beech Hill Ave., appeared in Circuit Court Friday with her attorney, Daniel J. Swegart, who asked Judge William Lyons to remove a condition of Olson’s $1,000 personal recognizance bail that bars contact with her daughter’s 2-year-old.

Swegart said Olson has begun mental health counseling and said she’s never been in trouble before. He revised that statement to say she has no convictions, but did not clarify.

Olson is charged with both reckless conduct and with endangering the welfare of a child.Court documents show Olson told police the child, 22 months old at the time, found cocaine in an antique soup bowl on the kitchen table and ate it while she was upstairs in the bathroom.

The documents say Olson told police that when she came back downstairs, the child said she was “eating candy.” Olson said the child had “white stuff” around her mouth and suspected the child had eaten the cocaine “that she had left in the bowl from the previous Friday (Feb. 7).” The documents say Olson noted the child was also repeating herself.

The documents say Olson told police the child’s mother arrived a few minutes later and she told her the child “had accidentally got into some cocaine.”

The child’s mother took the little girl to Catholic Medical Center for evaluation and treatment.

Swegart said the child’s mother wanted Olson to be able to care for the child because she is a single mother and doesn’t have other child care options. He said the child’s mother “relies on Bonnie to care for her child.”

Swegart said the Division for Children, Youth and Families investigated and determined the complaint was unfounded and closed the case. But he conceded the investigation was of the child’s mother, not of Olson.

Lyons said he was very concerned and asked: “What assurances are there that this won’t happen again?” He left the bail conditions unchanged and scheduled a bail hearing Tuesday morning.

Trial was scheduled for June 19.

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