Holyoke mother arrested on gun, drug and child endangerment charges



Staff Writer
Published: 11/20/2019 4:25:23 PM

HOLYOKE — A city mother was arrested Wednesday on firearm, drug and child endangerment charges after police investigated claims from her 10-year-old son that she had a gun and was trying to kill him. 

Holyoke Police Lt. James Albert said that police responded to the area of Main and Cabot streets last Friday at around 1 p.m. for a report of a “panic-stricken child” — a 10-year-old boy who was screaming for help and reporting that his mother had a gun and was trying to kill him. The Department of Children and Families removed the boy, who was unhurt, from the family pending their investigation, Albert said.

Albert said a police investigation led officers to search the apartment of the boy’s mother, Norisabeth Santos, 31, of 342 Main St. where a shell casing from a fired bullet was reportedly found. Police also searched a BMW sedan, Albert said, which allegedly revealed a fully loaded Glock Model 23 .40 caliber with an extended 30 round magazine installed and a fully loaded Hi-Point Model C9 9mm with an “obliterated” serial number, along with related ammunition and magazines. 

While searching the car, police also reported finding over 6,600 individual bags of heroin, a block of 91 grams of cocaine, 53 grams of crack/cocaine in individual baggies, over four pounds of marijuana, $75 in cash, a digital scale and boxes of packaging materials. 

After the search, police obtained an arrest warrant for Santos, who has been charged with reckless endangerment of a child, two counts of possession of a firearm without a license to carry, possession of a large-capacity firearm in the commission of a felony, discharge of a firearm within 500 feet of a building, possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, two counts of possession of ammunition without an FID card, cocaine trafficking 100 grams or more, heroin trafficking 100 grams or more and possession to distribute marijuana.

Albert said Santos was arraigned in Holyoke District Court on Wednesday. The case is still under investigation by the Holyoke Police Criminal Investigations Bureau, the Massachusetts State Police Ballistics Unit and the Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Unit, he said. 

Michael Connors can be reached at mconnors@gazettenet.com. 


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