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Manchester mom's 'nightmare' about to get worse

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December 01. 2017 3:09PM
Sarah Becker talks about her arrest on Wednesday. She missed her arraignment Thursday morning. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)


MANCHESTER — Police arrested Sarah Becker on Wednesday. And she missed a court arraignment on Thursday, meaning she’ll likely be placed in cuffs soon again. But what matters most to Becker is her 6-week-old daughter, whom state social workers took into custody on Wednesday.

Under terms of her bail, she cannot be within 300 feet of the baby.

“I can’t see her. I can’t feed her,” Becker, 34, said from her cousin’s house in south Manchester. “They (the social worker) messaged me to say she’s taking well to formula.”

On Thursday, police announced Becker’s arrest, after she allegedly tried to block police and social workers from taking custody of her daughter, Aurora Trask.

According to police, she was living at 466 S. Beech St. without heat, hot water or electricity. The house was “difficult to walk through” because of clothes, dog feces and other items on the floor.

On Wednesday, police and the state Division of Children, Youth and Families showed up to take the infant, who police said was wrapped tightly in blankets. Becker resisted and pushed a police officer, according to a news release.

“They basically arrested me for being distraught for taking my daughter before my eyes,” said Becker, who was contacted by a reporter and agreed to an interview.

She was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and obstructing government administration.

Becker said she lost her job of 13 years at a travel club about a year ago when it downsized. She let a man stay at her house, thinking it would be a brief stay, but they eventually got involved romantically.

When police were called for a domestic assault in March, they arrested the man on an old cocaine sale charge, and Becker said she lost custody of three other children, 14, 8 and 6.

Becker said she has never been arrested before and has passed drug tests demanded by DCYF. In the past, she has smoked marijuana but stopped doing so after the March incident, she said.

“The whole thing has been a nightmare. Now they’re involving my other daughter,” she said.

Becker said she is broke. Her house is being foreclosed on. She hasn’t paid the electric bill. She said she was using a propane heater, but DCYF did not find that acceptable.

She attributed the feces to a puppy, which she said she bought on a whim after losing custody of her older three children.

She believed her daughter would be placed with a relative, but the social worker told her that was not the case.

She hopes to sue DCYF once her case is closed, she said.

Becker was supposed to appear in Circuit Court in Manchester Thursday to answer the charges. But she said she was exhausted from the ordeal, fell asleep and missed her court date.

A judge ordered on Thursday that a warrant be issued for her arrest.

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