Police find uncapped needle, burnt spoon and drug packets; mother changes plea to guilty

NORWICH – Norwich City Court heard a jury trial over two days earlier this week concluding with a Norwich woman pleading to child endangerment charges.

Shannon Woods, 31, of Norwich appeared in Norwich City Court before Judge James E. Downey, accompanied with her attorney Rosemarie Richards.

First Assistant District Attorney, Michael D. Ferrarese, was present in court representing the people.

Woods was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, following an arrest that took place in her home on Mechanic Street.

Jury selection for Wood's case on Monday Oct. 26, with the full jury of six jurors and two alternates selected laster that afternoon.

Opening statements were made by both the prosecution and defense Monday afternoon, as well as the first witness of the prosecution, Norwich Police Officer Scott Germond, being called to the stand.

On Tuesday Oct. 27 at approximately 9:30 a.m., Germond was called back up to the stand to finish his testimony.

Germond testified that before entering the house he could hear yelling and noise from outside, and upon entering the house, he found a broken window and broken glass on the floor where two children were running around barefoot.

Per questioning from Ferrarese Germond stated, “My attention was drawn to the counter in the kitchen, where we found a box with prescription of Suboxone out and the box was opened.”

Ferrarese presented a substantial amount of photographic evidence to the court during his questioning, to which Germond attested that all pictures submitted were in fact taken that night, displayed drug paraphernalia and a glimpse into what residence looked like that night.

“Exhibit six is a picture we took at the police station of an uncapped syringe, burnt spoon, and drug packets we found on the counter at the residence,” said Germond.

Germond alleged that the kitchen counter height was in reach of the children as they freely ran around the residence.

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