ROCKLAND, Maine — A Rockland mother pleaded not guilty Monday to endangering her child.

Suzette Robinson, 45, is charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child. She made her initial appearance in Knox County Unified Court on Monday.

According to Rockland Deputy Police Chief Christopher Young, Robinson’s autistic 5-year-old daughter was found walking near the intersection of Route 17 and Birch Street on the afternoon of June 19. The child was spotted by a passing motorist who called police and waited for an officer to arrive.

Police allegedly found the girl’s mother at home at a North Main Street residence, about a third of a mile from where the child was spotted. The mother was napping, Young said, and the child was watching television when she fell asleep.

Authorities turned the girl over to her grandparents that day, the deputy chief said.

Robinson, whom Young said did not cooperate with the investigation, is next scheduled to appear in court for a dispositional conference on Oct. 27.