Ebony Daniel, 34, and her boyfriend Charlie Martin, 22, have both been charged with possession of cocaine, cruelty to children in the first degree and reckless conduct, after Daniel’s toddler grandson ingested cocaine while in her care, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
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The 13-month-old child was brought into Piedmont Newnan Hospital in Georgia by his 17-year-old mother. After police officers were told that the child ingested cocaine, he was transported to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Eggleston, where he tested positive for the substance.
“We received a call from Piedmont Newnan Hospital saying that they were treating a 13-month-old child that had been exposed and possibly ingested an unknown amount of crack cocaine,” said Sgt. Lee Gragg of the Palmetto Police Department. “We do know from speaking to a couple of witnesses that the cocaine was sitting open on the table.”
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The AJC reports:
Saturday night, Palmetto police executed a search warrant at the boy’s home, and “evidence was found and collected at the residence,” Gragg said. He did not go into details.
The child has since been released from the hospital, and investigators said Monday they were awaiting toxicology reports to determine how much cocaine he ingested.
This is the second time this month that a grandmother has been sought by police after their grandchildren were exposed to a potentially fatal drug.
As previously reported by NewsOne, 2-year-old Destiny Riddick died after allegedly ingesting suboxone, which is used to treat heroin addiction. The pills belonged to her grandmother Kimberly Artis and were irresponsibly left in a candy dish. Artis has been brought up on murder charges in her granddaughter’s death.