DENTON — An Easton woman has been charged with child abuse after allegedly leaving an 18-month-old child along state Route 328 near Denton, state police said.
Elizabeth Newnam, 29, of 29416 Petunia Drive, is charged with second-degree child abuse, neglect of a minor, reckless endangerment, second-degree assault, disorderly conduct and driving under the influence.
A driver called Maryland State Police about 7 p.m. Thursday to report that a child had been left along state Route 328 near Asbury Drive in Denton, according to a press release. Troopers from the Maryland State Police Easton Barrack were immediately dispatched to the location.
Newnam was standing outside her vehicle when the witness driving by saw her throwing something into a nearby field. State police investigators were told by the witness it appeared as if she had struck a deer, according to a press release. The witness turned vehicle around to help Newnam, who returned to her vehicle and quickly fled the scene.
The witness remained at the scene and walked over to where Newnam had been standing and located a child with visible injuries, according to police. The witness immediately contacted the Easton barrack and was able to provide the vehicle color, make and registration. The information was dispatched to troopers nearby and moments later, troopers located Newnam inside her vehicle not far from the location where she initially left the 18-month-old child.
Newnam was located on state Route 328 at Kingston Landing Road with her one-year-old son in the vehicle with her, according to a press release. State police investigators believe Newnam’s son was in the vehicle when she dropped the 18-month-old child off on the side of the road.
During contact with Newnam, troopers detected signs of possible impairment, according to police. Newnam was taken into custody without incident. Caroline County EMS personnel responded to the location of the 18-month-old child and took him to the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton.
Newnam was taken to the Maryland State Police Easton Barrack for processing. Newnam was later taken to the Caroline County Detention Center. She was released Friday on $20,000 unsecured bond.
Deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office responded and assisted at the scene. The Maryland Department of Social Services also assisted.