Southold woman charged with burglary, child endangerment

A woman armed with a “small folding knife” entered a Southold house Thursday night and attempted to attack a man there, all while a child was nearby, according to criminal charges filed against her.

The woman — 55-year-old Jeanne Caufield of Southold — has been charged with felony burglary, as well as misdemeanor criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child, Southold Town police said.

She’s accused of “unlawfully entering” the home about 8:40 p.m. “with the intent of assaulting [the victim],” according to a criminal complaint filed in Southold Town Justice Court.

During a “physical confrontation” the woman brandished the knife and attempted to injure the victim, the complaint reads.

A child, listed only as younger than 17, was at the home at the time of the alleged attack, according to the court records.

Police declined to comment further on the incident.

Ms. Caufield was taken into custody after the incident and arraigned in Southold Town court Friday morning. Bail was set at $1,000, according to a Southold court clerk.

She is due back in court on Tuesday.

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