Woman sent her 3-year-old child to daycare alone in a Lyft: police

Theresa Braine, New York Daily News

A New Hampshire woman is under arrest for child endangerment after sending her 3-year-old to daycare alone in a Lyft.

Stephanie Goddu, 35, was arrested on Friday and charged with endangerment to the welfare of a child and resisting arrest, police in Manchester, N.H., said.

The investigation into Goddu had begun two days earlier, when Southern NH Services told police that Goddu had not come to claim her two young children from daycare and that employees had been unable to contact her, Manchester authorities said. They told police that she had a 3-month-old baby as well.

Police went to investigate and found Goddu at home.

“Goddu did not initially comply with officers’ orders to surrender and barricaded herself in her apartment,” police said in a statement. “After a short time, Goddu did come out and was taken into custody.”

When officers got inside, they found her “incoherent and disoriented,” and she had trouble answering questions, the statement said. The bundled-up baby, strapped in an infant carrier, was “not more than 6 feet away from a heater, and there was concern that the child could overheat,” police said. “The child was also found to be covered in urine.”

It then came out that Goddu had hired a Lyft driver to bring the 3-year-old to daycare on Jan. 4. While the toddler arrived safely, the child had been alone for the ride.

The baby’s condition plus the solo taxi ride got Goddu arrested, and her initial refusal to let police in a charge of resisting arrest added to the mix, police said.

It wasn’t known if Goddu had a lawyer, The Associated Press reported.