North Adams mother free on bail after child ingested meds allegedly left out


PITTSFIELD -- A North Adams woman is free after denying child endangerment charges stemming from an incident in which her 13-month-old ingested prescription pills.

According to police and prosecutors, Kelly Simonetta, 35, allowed her child access to prescription medication, which the child ingested and became severely sick.

The child was taken to Berkshire Medical Center but had to be airlifted to Bay State Medical Center for treatment, according to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office.

The child has since made a full recovery.

Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Rachael Eramo said the state Department of Children and Families is involved in the case.

Besides the reckless endangerment of a child charge, Simonetta was additionally charged with possession of heroin and lidocaine, an anesthetic.

On Wednesday, Simonetta appeared in Berkshire Superior Court with her attorney, Richard D. LeBlanc, and denied the charges.

Judge Daniel A. Ford released the defendant on her own recognizance.

The DA’s Office did not request bail in the case.

The investigation was conducted by members of the North Adams Police Department and state police detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s Office.

Simonetta is due back in court for a motion hearing in November and a pretrial hearing in February.

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