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For Immediate Release

September 22, 2010

Contact: Jeff Lyons
Public Information Officer
Phone: 603-271-5602

Indictment Returned in Delivery of Articles to Prisoners Investigation

(Concord, N.H.) On September 16, 2010, the Merrimack County Superior Court Grand Jury indicted Wendy Parent, 45, of 26 Glenridge Road in Belmont, N.H. on Delivery of Articles to Prisoners (RSA 622:24 and RSA 622:25). This followed an investigation conducted by the Department of Corrections Investigations Bureau.

The indictment charges that on May 2, 2009, Wendy Parent had in her possession a plug of contraband, which was hidden in the clothing of an infant whom she had brought to visit at the New Hampshire State Prison in Concord. She intended to deliver the contraband by handing the infant to the inmate she was visiting, knowing that the inmate was aware of the contraband and would retrieve it from the infant. A Corrections Officer in the visiting room observed suspicious activity between Mrs. Parent and the inmate and informed the DOC Investigations Bureau which proceeded to conduct a criminal investigation. The indictment was returned to the Merrimack County Attorney as a result of the investigation.

An indictment is a formal accusation of a serious offense and not a finding of guilt. Guilt can only be determined by a judge or jury after a trial.

Delivery of Articles to Prisoners is a Class B felony punishable by 3 ½ - 7 years in prison.

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