A mother from Manchester, New Hampshire, has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child. This is after, according to police, she hired a Lyft driver to take her three-year-old to daycare and later left her urine-soaked baby strapped in a carrier near a heater.
Stephanie Goddu, 35, was arrested Friday evening, January 8, after initially barricading herself in her home when police arrived.
According to Union Leader, the police began their investigation on January 6, when officers were notified that Goddu’s two young children had not been picked up from daycare. The childcare center’s employees told police that they could not contact the mother by phone and that she also has a 3-mont-old baby.
Officers went to Goddu’s home to check on her and the baby. She had trouble answering questions and appeared “incoherent and disoriented.” The 3-month-old was found in a carrier seat, covered in urine, and positioned within six feet of a heater. The baby was wrapped in heavy clothing and a blanket, with officers concerned about overheating.
Through the course of their investigation, police learned Goddu hired a Lyft driver to take her 3-year-old child to daycare. While the child arrived safely, they were unaccompanied by an adult.
According to Lyft’s company policy for children, which includes everyone 17 and under, minors are allowed to join adults in a ride, but they are not permitted to ride alone in a Lyft vehicle. In addition to that, parents need to ensure they have the proper car seat the abides by the legal requirements in their state and city. Drivers will not provide a child safety seat.
As a result of the Lyft ride and the condition of the infant, Goddu was charged with endangerment. In addition, she was also charged with resisting arrest because she did not initially surrender to the police.
Lyft did not comment on the ride its driver provided for the children, nor have they comment on the passenger’s arrest.
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