A 4-year-old girl was hospitalized recently after spitting out a crack cocaine capsule she and other children got from daycare.
“She couldn’t sit down. She was beyond bouncy, very loquacious, just all over the place, literally, talking to herself, looking in the mirror, saying she sees three of herself. Once they did the urine test it came back positive that she had cocaine in her system,” her mother Sabrina Straker said.
It’s not clear how Serenity and a group of toddlers at a day care center in New York ended up with drugs in their hands.
“Had my daughter ingested the capsule and not spit it out, I would be planning a funeral,” Straker said. “Luckily, because she spit it out, she’s still here.”
Serenity said another child gave she and others children the small capsules filled with crack cocaine while they played together at Little Inventors Day Care in Bronx, NY.
Serenity showed her mother one capsule after she arrived home.
“Inside was something small and white, which she described as a tooth – looked like rocks or pebbles. Then I was curious,” Straker said.
Serenity the pulled out more crack cocaine.
“She comes back, ‘well Mommy, I have a lot of his teeth,’ so then I have a third capsule,” Straker said.
That’s when Straker went to the police.
“This can’t be what I’m thinking it is, because how could that be in a preschool?” she said.
Police tested the substance in the capsules and confirmed it was crack cocaine.
“Low and behold whatever this test kit is, it was blue and he said, ‘this is what it is. That’s what that means. This is crack cocaine.’ I said ‘What? Come again? No, I didn’t just hear that.'”
Serenity was then rushed to a local hospital.
Little Inventors Day Care Yvette Joseph thinks someone must have thrown the drugs over the fence to get rid of it and onto the day care center property.
But police say one child passed the capsules of crack cocaine around like candy and are looking at the incident as endangering the welfare of a child.
“We did a thorough check. The children are fine. We called the parents,” Joseph said.
Serenity’s mom has more questions and wants the school to be shut down.
“I don’t feel it’s safe for anybody’s child. If they can’t keep eyes on them, they don’t need to be in their care, because this is something very serious.”
Police are continuing their investigation into how the drugs ended up at the daycare center.