*** ARREST NOTIFICATION ***
On Tuesday, August 1, 2017, while on foot patrol, VPD Officer Green located the below-pictured female wading in the Sconondoa Creek, southeast of Bartholomew Park, smoking marijuana while supervising her four-year-old son, who was observed playing in the creek.
The female, who was accompanied by another adult female and her three-year-old son, and while under the influence of marijuana, failed to provide a life vest or other flotation device to prevent an accidental drowning to her four-year-old child.
Arrested and charged with the following is:
Shannon E. Richards, 30, Westmoreland, New York.
Ms. Richards is charged with one count of criminal possession of marijuana in the fifth degree, a class B misdemeanor and one count of endangering the welfare of a child less than seventeen-years-old, a class A misdemeanor.
Ms. Richards was processed and issued an appearance ticket and released to the New Hartford police department on a separate bench warrant issued out of New Hartford town court for her failure to pay a fine on a trespass conviction.
Ms. Richards is scheduled to appear for arraignment in Vernon village court on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 4:00 PM.
The custody of Ms. Richards four-year-old son was released to her friend who was not impaired by marijuana. Officer Green contacted Child Protective Services, who will follow-up with this investigation at a later date.