21-month-old baby ‘overdoses on cocaine’ as both parents arrested neglect
The parents of a 21-month boy have been charged with neglect after he overdosed on cocaine.
Florida couple Kaitlyn Van Dorn and Blake Pavey lost custody of their child after the tot was rushed to hospital when authorities responded to the mum's 911 call.
Van Dorn, 33, allegedly told responders that her son had picked up an unknown object from the ground before putting it in his mouth.
She then claims the infant stumbled and lost consciousness.
However, police had suspicions that the incident was related to the use of narcotics. Sarasota County, where the tragic incident occurred, reportedly has a growing drugs problem.
Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office community affairs director Kaitlyn Perez told Fox News: "When we get there, the female defendant who's in the home says: 'He put something in his mouth while we were on a walk, I don’t know what it was.
"The area is kind of known for narcotics use, so EMF decided to deploy Naloxone (a medication used to block the effects of opioids) three times on the little boy.
“And, thank God that they did because he regained full consciousness, was awake and really, really alert."
The mum claimed the boy was picking up rocks using a teal bucket, and may have picked up a needle cap that she had “swatted out of his mouth”.
Despite her comments, deputies were unable to find the drug paraphernalia.
Once they located the bucket behind upon returning to the home, and deputies found a silver spoon and tissue inside.
Tests carried out found traces of both cocaine and fentanyl on the spoon.
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Blake Pavey, Van Dorn’s 34-year-old partner, said he had been sleeping and did not go on the walk with the boy and his mum but he supported his partner's story.
However, according to officers, CCTV video tracked down from different houses and businesses nearby never detected the mum leaving the house.
Perez said that she did not know whether the incident was intentional.
Pavey had earlier denied the charges against him as he described the incident as a horrible accident and the scariest moment of his life while speaking with FOX13.
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Detectives from the sheriff’s office had partnered with Florida’s Department of Children and Families and launched an investigation into the incident.
After subpoenaing medical records from the hospital, she confirmed that the child had overdosed on cocaine.
According to Perez, it took four months to receive the toxicology report
A warrant was issued for the arrest in May but it took officers around a month to locate them and arrest them on Saturday.
The child has not been in the care of either Van Dorn or Pavey since January.
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