Mother charged with endangerment misses court date
Faces reckless endangerment charges after found unconscious with drugs around young children in North Beach
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to appear for an Aug. 4 unrelated district court proceeding, an arrest warrant was issued to Bongiorni and her bond was revoked.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.