Cops: Shirley mom smoked pot in home, left baby in car

Karen Edelmann, 43, of Shirley was arrested Monday Karen Edelmann, 43, of Shirley was arrested Monday after she left her 1-year-old son alone in her car while she was inside her Seymour Drive home smoking marijuana, police said. (Sept. 13, 2010) Photo Credit: SCPD

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A Shirley woman arrested Monday after leaving her 1-year-old son alone in a car, while she went inside their home to smoke marijuana.

Karen Edelmann, 43, of Seymour Drive, was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child, unlawful possession of marijuana and resisting arrest.

Child Protective Services was notified, Suffolk police said, and Edelmann's son was released to the custody of his father after he was contacted and arrived later at the house.

Seventh Precinct Sgt. Greg Heller said a woman notified police about noon that there was an unattended child in the backseat of a car parked outside the Seymour Drive home for at least 40 minutes. When police arrived, Edelmann, who was inside, allowed officers into the house, but told them she left the child for only about 5 minutes, Heller said.

After entering the house, police officers became aware of the presence of marijuana, and found a small pipe, Heller said. Edelmann said she was using the pipe to smoke marijuana because she was not feeling well, Heller said.

After officers told her she was under arrest, Edelmann began screaming, pushing and kicking when officers attempted to take her into custody, Heller said. No one was injured, he said.

She was to be held overnight for arraignment Tuesday in First District Court, Central Islip.

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