Fall River woman charged with DUI, child abuse released on bail

East Bay

NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) — A Fall River woman who is accused of driving drunk with her newborn baby in the car faced a judge Monday morning.

In Newport District Court, Valerie Ogarro, 40, was issued $10,000 bail with surety – which she posted Monday. She was also ordered to have no contact with her infant.

Police in Portsmouth arrested Ogarro just after midnight Saturday after they received a report of a vehicle operating erratically on West Main Road in the area of Passage Drive.

Police say Ogarro’s 19-day-old baby was found upside down in a car seat in the backseat of the vehicle. The car seat was not secured, allowing it to be tossed around as she drove.

The infant was transported to Hasbro Children’s Hospital and is now in DCYF custody.

Ogarro was arraigned by a justice of the peace on charges of DUI, refusal to submit to a chemical test, and child abuse over the weekend.

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