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Mom due in court on charges she attacked nanny

A Noyack mother who police said assaulted her infant daughter's nanny is due in court Wednesday on charges of harassment, child endangerment and driving while intoxicated.

Laura Bowery-Falco, 44, yanked the nanny to the ground by the hair and tried to hit her because the 20-year-old woman refused to hand over the child, according to police and a criminal complaint. The nanny suspected Bowery-Falco was drunk, according to the complaint.

Bowery-Falco is set to appear in Southampton Town Court this morning. She was arrested Thursday, arraigned Friday and released on $3,000 cash bail.

According to court papers, Bowery-Falco attacked the nanny, Rebycka M. Williams, while she "was holding the child in her arms." Bowery-Falco pulled Williams "by her hair to the ground and did attempt to punch her in the face," according to the criminal complaint.

After snatching the 14-month-old girl from the nanny, Bowery-Falco drove a 2007 Jeep Liberty "in an intoxicated state" with her daughter inside, according to the complaint. Police said she drove to her mother's house down the street.

The nanny suffered minor injuries in the attack and did not require medical attention, police said. The baby was not injured and was placed in the custody of her father, Bowery-Falco's husband, Gabriel Falco.

Williams could not be reached for comment.

At her arraignment, Bowery-Falco pleaded not guilty to charges of driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child under 17 -- Leandra's Law -- two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree harassment, said her attorney, Edward Burke Jr.

Burke said his client is a mother of two who works as an equestrian trainer. He described her as a "delightful person" who "has a lot of support from her friends . . . She's never been in trouble before. . . This has a lot of extenuating factors, which we look forward to showing the court."

Bowery-Falco declined to comment. At the Falco home on Roses Grove Road in Noyack, a new nanny, who said she started work Monday, answered the door holding the child on her hip. Gabriel Falco also declined to comment.

With Gary Dymski

and John Valenti

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