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January 3, 2013

Parents face charges in crash with child in car

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As she was being arrested, her sister showed up at the scene.

The child was evaluated by an ambulance crew at the crash scene and then taken to North Shore Children’s Hospital, but was not believed to have any serious injuries. Firth was also taken to a hospital for treatment.

Police notified the Department of Children and Families, which is investigating.

Because Firth was taken to a hospital, police opted not to arrest her, instead saying they will seek a summons on charges of drunken driving, child endangerment while driving drunk, driving to endanger and failing to stay within marked lanes.

Dominguez was arrested at the scene and is facing charges of assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct. He was also wanted on a default warrant for missing court appearances in a prior case.

Dominguez, who showed up an hour late to his arraignment yesterday, had been free on $250 bail set by a bail clerk on Tuesday, but was put back in custody after Peabody District Court Judge Matthew Nestor granted a prosecutor’s request to hike his bail to $1,000.

Prosecutor Aimee Conway noted Dominguez’s history of defaults and probation violations in prior cases, though his attorney, James Craig, said those recent cases were primarily minor vehicular charges.

Craig also said his client is “horrified” by the allegations and “has zero recollection” of the crash or what happened afterward.

Dominguez, a plumber’s apprentice who was recently laid off from his job, apologized to the judge for being late, saying he misunderstood the paperwork he received after his arrest.

As court officers led him across the courtroom to a holding dock, Dominguez called out, “Oh, God.”

He’s due back in court Jan. 30. An arraignment date has not been set for Firth.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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