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4-Year-Old Girl Brings Home Crack Cocaine From Bronx Daycare After Mistaking It For Classmate's Tooth

Date October 12, 2018 09:58

According to Lil Inventors Child Care’s website, the daycare provides a safe and fun learning environment for children. But after a recent incident, the daycare’s promises are under a big question.

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Teeth or Drugs?

A 4-year-old girl came home with several strange capsules that a classmate had given her at Lil Inventors Child Care in the Bronx, assuring her it was teeth. Her mother, Sabrina Straker, looked at the capsules and quickly realized that it wasn’t the case. She told NBC 4, New York:

 I look at it, and it’s not one piece… it’s two smaller pieces. [I thought], OK, clearly this is not a tooth.

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The worried mother took the capsules for the analyses to a local precinct and was shocked when found out that, indeed, it wasn’t teeth. Instead, it was crack cocaine.

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That’s when Straker noticed her daughter was acting unusually hyper that day. Hoping she just had a lot of sugar in school she asked why she was acting that way. The girl admitted her friend told her to taste one of the “teeth” and she did it.

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The little one was rushed into a hospital where she was tested positive for crack cocaine. Luckily, she has recovered from what happened but she didn’t return to the daycare. Straker commented:

I’m frustrated, I’m annoyed, I’m disappointed.

Currently, police are investigating the incident. However, this is not the first time things like that happened. In 2016, a 3-year-old girl was taken to a hospital after the daycare worker saw a small bag in her mouth with white residue. Police said that the traces of crack were found in her digestive system.

Drug prevention tips for kids

If your child is curious about medicine bottles in the house, explain that they should take only the medicine that doctors have chosen for them because taking the medicine that belongs to somebody else can make them sick. They should know that it’s not safe for them, even if their friends tell them otherwise.

 Let them know that they can talk to you about anything they hear or see. However, make sure they know your rules and the consequences that will follow if they break them. Also, if your kids are under peer pressure at school, say that they can blame everything on you to get out of the situation.

It’s important to always keep the conversation with your children open and honest. Try to strike a balance between positive reinforcement and negative reinforcement and come from the place of love when you start the conversation.

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