Mother charged with en­dan­ger­ment misses court date

Faces reck­less en­dan­ger­ment charges af­ter found un­con­scious with drugs around young chil­dren in North Beach

The Calvert Recorder - - Front Page - By AN­DREW CEPHAS acephas@somd­ Twit­ter: @CalRecANDREW

An ar­rest war­rant was is­sued for a North Beach woman who failed to ap­pear in court for a May 25 in­ci­dent where she was re­port­edly found un­con­scious on heroin with il­le­gal sub­stances out around her young chil­dren.

Natalie Frances Bon­giorni, 31, of North Beach was charged with two counts of reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, ac­cord­ing to on­line court re-


On May 25, Dfc. Thomas Buck­ler re­sponded to the 3700 block of Third Street in North Beach for a re­ported car­diac ar­rest. He was met in the yard by two ju­ve­niles ages 10 and 4 who es­corted him to the res­i­dence, the doc­u­ments de­tail. Buck­ler en­tered the res­i­dence to re­port­edly find Bon­giorni sit­ting up­right on the couch, slumped for­ward with her chin on her chest. She jerked awake when Buck­ler ap­proached but did not know where she was and seemed dis­ori­ented.

Emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vices per­son­nel ar­rived on scene to ad­min­is­ter aid to Bon­giorni. Buck­ler asked where the nee­dles and drugs were, prompt­ing Bon­giorni to di­rect him to the bath­room. The po­lice re­port al­leges Buck­ler found sy­ringes, small cot­ton balls and heroin inside the bath­room.

Buck­ler re­turned to the liv­ing room to al­legedly find Bon­giorni still heav­ily un­der the in­flu­ence of the heroin. She was sub­se­quently taken to Calvert Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal and the chil­dren were left un- der their fa­ther’s care when he ar­rived from work. The ju­ve­niles said they were alone with their mother when she went back to the bath­room for awhile, came out “act­ing funny” and col­lapsed on the floor. One of the kids then called his grand­mother, who in turn called author­i­ties.

“While Natalie was un­con­scious, there was drug para­pher­na­lia and sus­pected con­trolled dan­ger­ous sub­stances within easy ac­cess of both the young boys. The ac­cess could have led to one or both of the boys be­ing ex­posed to dan­ger­ous sub­stances. It is clear that Natalie’s ac­tions could have re­sulted in the death of or se­ri­ous in­jury to both [ju­ve­niles],” Buck­ler wrote in the charg­ing doc­u­ments.

A crim­i­nal sum­mons was is­sued to Bon­giorni May 27 and served two days later. Af­ter fail­ing to ap­pear for an Aug. 4 un­re­lated dis­trict court pro­ceed­ing, an ar­rest war­rant was is­sued to Bon­giorni and her bond was re­voked. The war­rant has yet to be served.

Bon­giorni was set for a plea hear­ing in this case last Fri­day, but did not come to the court pro­ceed­ing. Her jury trial is ten­ta­tively sched­uled for Oct. 12 in cir­cuit court.

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