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Trial date set for mother who left drug needles out
Jennifer Eaton, 35, of Portsmouth is scheduled to go on trial in October for allegedly disposing of needles used for shooting up cocaine that were near the body of her boyfriend before police arrived. Prosecutors say Eaton was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child for allowing the needles to be within reach of her 7-year-old child. (COURTESY)
BRENTWOOD — A trial date has been set for a Portsmouth mother charged with leaving hypodermic syringes used to shoot up crack within reach of her 7-year-old child, then disposing of the drug paraphernalia before police arrived.
Jennifer Eaton, 35, is accused of removing two hypodermic syringes from a desk near where she found her deceased boyfriend's body on Jan. 14, 2011.
Prosecutors identified the deceased as 34-year-old Greg Egnew of Seabrook.
Eaton is scheduled to go on trial the week of Oct. 15.
Prosecutors say Eaton threw the needles “into the woods near her residence,” which impaired a police investigation. Police said that at least two other people were in Eaton's home doing drugs the night before officers arrived.
The drugs and a spoon used to cook the cocaine were left within reach of the 7-year-old, according to police.
Eaton was awoken by her child around 11:30 a.m. and threw the hypodermic syringes behind her apartment while calling 911 to report her boyfriend's death, police said.
Eaton told police she passed out in her apartment while two friends injected cocaine, with one of them putting the spoon used to cook the drug in the kitchen sink.
Eaton remains free on bail.
The falsifying physical evidence charges carries a state prison term up to 3 ½ to 7 years and a $4,000 fine.
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James A. Kimble may be reached at JKimble@newstote.com.
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