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Calvert mom facing neglect and confinement charges

Prince Frederick, MD - A Calvert County woman is facing charges in Circuit Court stemming from an incident that occurred in November involving a child who was found wandering in a neighborhood. The defendant, identified in court documents as Kirsten Diana Williams, 26 of Prince Frederick (pictured, right), is charged with neglect of minor and confinement of an unattended child. Both charges are misdemeanors.

According to Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Bruce Sampson, on Friday, Nov. 10 shortly 3 p.m. he was dispatched to Bay Avenue in Prince Frederick to check on the welfare of a child that a witness said was left unattended. The neighbor who notified police that he found the child “wandering the street with no clothes on and only in his underwear.” Sampson stated in court documents that the outdoor high temperature Nov. 10 was approximately 40 degrees. While the child told police he did not remember how long he had been left alone in the house, he said his mother left with four other children after breakfast. Police were able to contact relatives, one of whom then took over the care and custody of the child. An earlier attempt to contact Williams at a number on an emergency contact list at the residence. “The number listed was no longer in service,” Sampson stated.

A family member told police that Williams “has had trouble with drugs for quite some time,” Sampson stated in court documents. During a search of the home two unopened packages of suboxone were found, however, Sampson’s summary indicated the packages were not confiscated. Police later contacted Child Protective Services to inform them of the situation with the child left home alone. The case was transferred to Circuit Court Nov. 28.

A docket summary indicates that on Nov. 20 Williams was charged with first-degree burglary and theft between $100 to under $1,500. Two bail reviews stemming from the charges were held. A preliminary hearing on the burglary and theft charges is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 20 in District Court.  Williams’ next appearance in Circuit Court on the neglect of minor charge is tentatively set for Jan. 8 with a pre-trial conference. A jury trial on the neglect charge is tentatively scheduled for March.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com

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