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West Caldwell Mother Charged with Child Endangerment After Car Crash


FAIRFIELD, NJ — Following an investigation into a motor vehicle crash that left West Caldwell mother Mandee Brady in the hospital after handing her 16-month-old child to an individual who stopped to render aid, Fairfield police arrested her on Tuesday for multiple charges.

According to police, Brady was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, assault by auto, being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence and while in a school zone. As of Tuesday, she was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

An investigation conducted by Detective Sergeant Charles Zampino and Officer David Chabay revealed that the vehicle contained various prescription drug bottles containing tablets and other items that indicated the unlawful use of these drugs at the time of the crash.

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At approximately 1:12 p.m. on Nov. 10, Fairfield Police and Fire Departments responded to a single motor vehicle crash on Greenbrook Road involving a 1997 Mazda that was later found to be operated by Brady. According to police, the vehicle had left the roadway and struck a utility pole in front of Sunrise Assisted Living.

Upon arrival, police determined that Brady had exited the vehicle, removed the child (who was a passenger in the vehicle) and handed him or her off to an individual who witnessed the accident.

Police said the witness had apparently stopped to render aid, at which point Brady handed off her child and then passed out. Arriving officers performed CPR on Brady before transporting her to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson, where she was able to recover from her injuries and condition.

According to police, the child appeared uninjured at the time of the crash, but was also taken to the hospital for evaluation.

The Fairfield Police Department executed a search warrant for the vehicle and its contents, which remained in police custody throughout the investigation.

In consultation with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Fairfield Police Chief Anthony Manna announced Tuesday that a warrant was issued for Brady’s arrest. Manna reported that Brady surrendered herself to Fairfield detectives at police headquarters on Tuesday.

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