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Mom charged with leaving baby in car overnight

July 18. 2018 8:39PM

FRANKLIN — Music blaring from an open car window led to the discovery of an unattended infant in a vehicle outside a Glen Street home Tuesday night.

Police said they responded to a call at 11:15 p.m. to find “the baby inside the car, front windows down, and music playing at an extremely high level,” police said in a news release on Wednesday. “Officers assessed the child’s condition and found her to be sweating but responsive. The child was taken into custody while officers searched for the parent(s).”

Approximately 10 minutes later, the baby’s mother, Jena Bertone, 27, of Franklin, was located. Police said Bertone appeared to be under the influence of alcohol based on their observations and Bertone’s own admission.

“When questioned as to why her child was left unattended in the vehicle, Ms. Bertone claimed her baby was sick and she put her in the vehicle to help the child fall asleep,” the news release said. “Witnesses at the scene claimed this is not the first time this has happened — stating this was the third night in a row.”

The child was released at the scene to a family relative.

Bertone was charged with child endangerment and protective custody/intoxicated person. She was taken to Merrimack County Jail, where police said she will remain until she is deemed sober enough for release.

Her bail was set at $2,500 personal recognizance; she was given an arraignment date of Aug. 20.

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