Child endangerment charge against father of toddler rescued from Kennebec River dismissed

June 8th, 2018 by admin Leave a reply »

AUGUSTA — A father whose 2-year-old son was rescued from drowning in the Kennebec River in September 2016 successfully has completed a deferred disposition, and a charge of endangering the welfare of a child dismissed.

Christopher J. Norwood, 33, of Augusta, had to complete a parenting course, among requirements set by the court, in order to be free of the charge.

Sean Scanlon, of Dresden, answers questions Sept. 17, 2016, about how he saved a child from drowning in the Kennebec River the evening before at Augusta's East Side Boat Landing.

His son was rescued by Sean Scanlon, of Dresden, who was alerted to the child’s predicament by screams from people on the west side of the river. The boy, wearing a hoodie and a diaper, was floating face down with his rear end in the air.

District Attorney Maeghan Maloney said Wednesday she was not allowed to comment on any Department of Health and Human Services case.

“I am pleased that (Norwood) complied with the conditions in the deferred disposition and that he took those conditions seriously: the parenting class; completing the Prime for Life class, which teaches about the effects of marijuana on himself and his family, including the impact of second-hand smoke; and getting his medical marijuana card so that he would have doctor’s oversight on the amount of marijuana,” she said.

Maloney said the investigation revealed that Norwood was in his apartment and thought the child was napping and had not realized

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