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Merrimack day care worker charged with being drunk on the job

Union Leader Correspondent

March 03. 2014 10:04PM

MERRIMACK — An employee at Kid's Creative Cove Learning Center and Childcare is under arrest after allegedly returning to work intoxicated following a Friday afternoon lunch break.

Casey Hobbs Lever, 29, of 23-B Styles Road, New Boston, is accused of endangering the welfare of four children in connection with the incident. Police allege that Lever was drunk when she drove her 5-year-old daughter and also returned to work to care for three other younger children ages 2-months, 5-months and 11-months.

A separate worker at Kid's Creative Cove, Kim Mattucci, contacted police shortly after 2 p.m. when Lever returned from an extended lunch break and began caring for the three children. However, an employee then noticed that Lever allegedly appeared intoxicated, according to court documents.

"(Mattucci) suspected Lever may have been drinking because she had past experiences with alcoholism," Officer Daniel Lindbom said in a police affidavit filed at the 9th Circuit Court, Merrimack District Division.

A different caregiver was then assigned to the children, and Lever left her place of employment with her daughter, according to court records.

Police eventually located Lever's vehicle traveling on Twin Bridge Road, and stopped the car at the intersection with Daniel Webster Highway.

"As I spoke to her, I could detect odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath, she was slurring her words, her eyes were bloodshot and glassy," Lindbom said in the affidavit.

Lever allegedly failed a field sobriety test, and her blood alcohol level was recorded at .16, twice the legal limit, according to court documents.

Authorities found several bottles of alcohol in Lever's vehicle, including Zhenka Pink Lemonade Vodka, Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum and three Nipp bottles, according to the affidavit.

She was arrested and charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of aggravated driving while intoxicated. Her daughter was released to her father, according to a news release.

Lever was arraigned on Monday at the Merrimack court, where a judge continued her bail at $1,500 cash only.

She has been ordered to have no contact with Kid's Creative Cove and no unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 18.

"The child care center is cooperating with police, and all parents of the involved children were notified by the center and by the officers as to this incident," police said in a release. "Police are continuing their investigation, and have also notified the State of New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Child Care Licensing Unit."

A trial date has been scheduled for March 13.

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