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Cops: Brewster Woman Used Drugs, Endangered Kids

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office provided the following information. It does not indicate a conviction.

A 28-year-old Brewster woman is facing two misdemeanor charges after police found her asleep and on drugs while in the presence of young children, according to authorities.

Deputies Keith Blessing and Edward Kennedy arrested Jacqueline Degnin, 28, the morning of Dec. 28, according to a statement released this week by the Putnam County Sheriff's Office. They were responding to a Prospect Street residence, where Degnin lives, on a "report of drug activity" around 6:30 a.m.

"Upon arrival, the deputies discovered a female subject, identified as ... Degnin ... asleep and in possession of controlled substances," officials said. "The deputies awoke the subject and determined that she had been using drugs. The deputies determined that several young children were in the residence at the time of the incident. "

Authorities charged Degnin with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, and the following misdemeanors: endangering the welfare of a child and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

After processing at the Putnam County Correctional Facility in Carmel, the defendant was released. The children were handed over to a family member.

Degnin was due this week in Brewster Justice Court.

Michael Counihan January 09, 2013 at 01:38 PM
Instead of schadenfreude, you might want to recognize that the region has a serious drug problem. The war on drug has been a failure. This calls for new policy that must involve all sectors of the community, especially the medical profession which has been too liberal with dispensing pain killers.
Donna January 09, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Isnt that the residence of John Degnin the former Town Supervisor?
John Degnan January 09, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Hi Donna, I'm John Degnan, the former mayor of Brewster, and not related to the woman in the story.
pirata January 14, 2013 at 12:37 AM
There were other drug related arrests last Tuesday in Putnam County but for some reason ... nary a mention in any paper. I'm suspecting this war on the drug epidemic is non-existent. A slap on the wrist for possessing pills or heroin is what you get from the cops today if caught. It's a sham (e).
Aurelius August 12, 2013 at 03:02 AM
So, was there a warrant? They Just walked into this lady's house at 6:30 am? They "found her asleep"? Isn't that what many people are doing that early in the morning? Whose kids were they? Marijuana? How much did she have? In the state of New York most amounts aren't even classified as a misdemeanor? This all smells pretty fishy.

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