Mother Accused Of Giving Her 6-Month-Old Son Cocaine

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

A six-month-old baby was taken to the hospital on March 19 with cocaine in his system. Child welfare workers contacted police in Lancaster City, Pennsylvania, after the child was transferred to Pennsylvania State Hershey Medical Center and treated for high blood pressure, high levels of sodium and seizures.

Investigators allegedly found a baggy with cocaine residue inside the mother’s home. Tanya Marie Madden, 24, was charged with aggravated assault of a child less than six years of age and endangering the welfare of a child. 

"A medical expert at Penn State Hershey Medical Center evaluated the child and determined that the victim could not have ingested the cocaine accidentally, and that the victim demonstrated acute cocaine toxicity,” the Lancaster City Bureau of Police said in a statement. "It was also determined that no one else but Madden was with the child during the time he ingested cocaine.”

The child is on the mend and has been placed in foster care.

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