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Dover mom charged with endangering daughters after suspected drug overdose


DOVER - A 30-year-old Dover mother was arrested by police and charged with endangering the welfare of a child after police say they found her passed out from a drug overdose and her two pre-teen daughters unattended for several hours.

Moira Byrnes of 716 Lilac Lane, was found the morning of April 12 after police and fire and rescue crews were called to her apartment. Police say she overdosed on various drugs, including heroin. She was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Byrnes' daughters, both under the age of 11,  had found their mother semi-conscious and went to a neighbor for help. The  investigation revealed Byrnes’ children had been unattended for several hours while she was incapacitated from the drug use, according to a release from police.

Byrnes was arrested May 2 at her residence.  The charge of endangering the welfare of a child is a Class A misdemeanor. Police said provisions are in place to ensure the children’s continued safety.

Byrnes was released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail. She is scheduled to be arraigned in 7th Circuit Court, Dover District Division,  June 16 at 9 a.m.

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