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Belgrade mom charged after son wanders away

BELGRADE (WGME) -- A young boy with special needs takes a five-mile journey alone in the dark and now his mother is facing charges.

State Police say he was pulled from the water under the Wings Mills Road bridge and then again rescued from a culvert in Mount Vernon.

Pat Stanton was on her way to work and ended up in the right spot at the right time.

She had gone into work earlier than she normally does and was paying attention, explained Trooper Diane Vance.

Stanton pulled over, and pulled the boy from the water.

She saved this boys life as far as I am concerned, Trooper Vance said.

She says Stanton tried to talk with him, but the boy wasnt communicating.

Stanton stayed with him as he left the bridge and walked another three-tenths of a mile to a culvert where he then decided to get in the water again.

You can see his sneaker still floating where Stanton rescued him for the second time.

There are a lot of different scenarios, Trooper Vance said. I dont want to think of what could've happened.

The boy was safe by the time Trooper Vance showed up.

She recognized him and took him home to his mom.

The mother did not know he was gone, Vance explained.

The boy's mother, 31-year-old Melissa Godin, is charged with child endangerment.

Trooper Vance won't comment on the details of the investigation.

It couldve had a completely different ending and that wouldve been something hard to live with, Trooper Vance said.

Pat Stanton didnt want to go on camera but tells CBS13 News she is frustrated to learn the boy had walked so far and for so long without anyone else stopping to help.

Stanton says she hopes this story will get people to slow down and pay attention.

Trooper Vance did refer this case to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Godin has a court date in June.