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DA: Mom charged after a drug overdose while shopping with toddler

LAWRENCE, Mass. – Authorities say a New Hampshire mother, who reportedly overdosed and collapsed on the floor while shopping with her 2-year-old daughter in a Massachusetts dollar store faces a charge of child endangering.

The Essex County District Attorney’s office, says Mandy McGowan, of Salem, New Hampshire, was accused of battery on Monday. She was placed on probation and was ordered to continue drug treatment until her case is resolved.

The police released video in September showed that McGowan sprawled out in the aisle of a Family Dollar store in Lawrence, and her daughter tries desperately to wake her up.

The child was taken in the state of preservation.

McGowan’s lawyer said Monday that his client was 67 days in a drug treatment program.

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