Eastern LI Woman Accused Of Harassment, Violation of Leandra’s Law
Published on July 17, 2013 · Filed Under Crime
Laura Bowery-Falco, 44, allegedly attacked family nanny, then drove drunk with her child in the vehicle
(Long Island, NY) A Noyac resident was arrested last week after allegedly assaulting her family’s nanny and then driving drunk with her child in the vehicle, according to the Southampton Town Police.
Laura Bowery-Falco, 44, allegedly attacked the family nanny after a dispute on the afternoon of July 11; at the time, the victim was carrying Bowery-Falco’s 14 month-old child. The nanny received minor injuries from the assault, cops said.
Afterwards, at approximately 2:20 p.m., Bowery-Falco fled the scene with her infant daughter in her car to her mother’s house down the road on Roses Grove Road in Water Mill. Police officers observed her getting out of her vehicle, and, after her allegedly suspicious behavior, discovered that she was under the influence of alcohol and placed her under arrest, according to reports.
The child was released to the father, police said.
Bowery-Falco was arraigned on Tuesday at Southampton Town Justice Court on charges of misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree harassment, and aggravated driving while intoxicated with a minor, which under Leandra’s Law is a felony.
Under Leandra’s Law an individual will automatically be charged with a class D felony. Defendants convicted face a prison sentence of up to four years and a fine of $1000–$5000. The installation of a mandatory ignition interlock device for a term of at least six months is also an expected provision of sentencing.
Additionally, licenses are automatically suspended pending prosecution and once proven guilty, the person will be reported to the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment and his/her license will be suspended for a minimum of twelve months. First time and repeat offenders are charged with an E level felony, regardless of criminal record.