A 21-year-old Hingham woman was arrested Thursday and charged with reckless endangerment to a child after she allegedly left her 2 1/2-month-old infant in the car while drinking in a restaurant.
Hingham police said officers were dispatched to Stars on Hingham Harbor, a restaurant on Otis Street, at 9:48 a.m. after receiving a call from a customer.
The caller, an off-duty Boston police detective, told police he saw the woman sitting at the bar drinking with an infant. The woman ordered another drink, but the bartender refused to serve it to her, the caller said.
Police said the woman then walked out with the infant. She came back 10 minutes later without the baby and was again refused another drink, police said.
Police said the off-duty detective met officers in the parking lot at the womanís car. The car wasnít running and was locked. The officers could see a fleece blanket covering a child seat in the back seat, police said.
The woman approached the officers and said it was her car. Officers asked for the woman's keys and checked on the infant, who was awake and appeared to be in good condition. Police said the infant had probably been alone in the car for about 20 minutes.
Officers said the mother smelled of alcohol and her eyes were red, glassy, and bloodshot. Police said she questioned why officers were there, and became loud and combative as officers tried to obtain information. She was placed under arrest.
Hingham Fire Department paramedics were called to evaluate the infant, and they took the child to South Shore Hospital for examination. The state Department of Children and Families responded to the hospital, and police said they have filed paperwork with the agency on behalf of the infant.
Police did not release the name of the woman to protect the identity of the infant. She was charged with reckless endangerment to a child and disturbing the peace, and her car was towed from the scene.
The infant was picked up from the hospital by its father and DCF escorted them back to their house to ensure it was fit for the childís care, Hingham Police Chief Michael Peraino said.
The parents live with the motherís grandmother in Hingham, Peraino said.
The woman was taken to Hingham District Court for arraignment. The woman was released on $500 cash bail and is due to return to court on March 3.