A Gardner woman has been charged with child endangerment after leaving a 9-month-old infant
in her car and attempting to enter a local restaurant topless.
Kristin R. Macias, 28, also known as Kristin Lowrey, was taken into custody May 10 after persons in the restaurant spotted the shirtless woman in the parking lot and stopped her from entering Austins Bar and Grill, 245 N. Moonlight Rd., according to witness accounts.
They also retrieved a shirt for her.
An off-duty police officer and other witnesses then discovered the infant in Macias’ car as outdoor temperatures were hovering around 90 degrees.
Macias remains jailed on a misdemeanor charge of child endangerment in lieu of a $5,000 bond.
She pleaded not guilty to the charge on May 10.
Steve Howe, Johnson County District Attorney, declined to discuss the specifics of the case or the whereabouts of the child.
But he said SRS will be investigating the infant’s welfare to “determine what is in the best interest of the child.”
Howe added that Macias’ bond conditions prohibit her from having any contact with the child.
“We treat these types of cases very seriously,” he said. “Children are vulnerable and cannot speak for themselves.”
Last month, in an unrelated case, Macias was arrested on charges of felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
She was released after posting a $10,000 bond.
A motion was filed on May 11 to revoke the bond for failure to comply.
Macias is scheduled to appear in court on the possession charges at 11 a.m. on May 12 in Johnson County District Court Division 11.
A trial for the child endangerment charge has been set for 8:30 a.m. on May 19 in Johnson County District Court Division 18.