Baby was prior sufferer to abuse, investigators say
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Two Las Vegas grandmothers are accused of exposing an 11-month-old youngster to opiates and heroin, leading to a medical episode the place the boy examined constructive for medication, the 8 News Now Investigators confirmed Wednesday.
Todrika Cousin, recognized because the youngster’s grandmother; and Teionna Jones, recognized because the youngster’s grandmother-in-law, face youngster endangerment prices, data confirmed.
In May 25, Las Vegas Metro police officers responded to an residence close to Bonanza Road and Eastern Avenue within the east valley for a report of an unconscious 11-month-old, paperwork mentioned.
The youngster was taken to the hospital and later placed on life help police mentioned. The youngster then examined constructive for opiates. The youngster’s situation was unknown Wednesday.
Cousin informed police she was enjoying with the boy when he “stopped played and went dead weight on her stomach,” police mentioned. “Jones didn’t think anything of it and thought that [the child] was tired and finally went to bed. After some time, she noticed [the child] not reacting [or] responding to anything physical and verbal.”
At that time, the newborn went limp and began turning blue, police mentioned.
Detectives discovered the kid was additionally a sufferer of kid abuse from his organic father in 2021, police mentioned. Doctors discovered the kid with “multiple fractures throughout his body and brain bleeds,” they mentioned.
Cousin informed police the kid “was recovering successfully” and there have been no considerations for his well being, officers mentioned. She additionally informed police she had smoked heroin the day earlier than the medical name. An individual within the dwelling additionally informed police Jones “smokes heroin, mushrooms, crack and ‘everything,’” police mentioned.
Jones later informed police “she does smoke heroin and she smoked it with [Cousin] on Tuesday, May 24… in their vehicle and then smoked it in their bedroom,” officers mentioned.
A choose granted a search warrant of the house the place police mentioned they discovered “foil with residue and multiple-colored straws that [appear] to be used for illicit drug use,” police mentioned. The grandmothers’ bed room was in “disarray” with “used straws with residue… around the bedroom and near the crib,” police mentioned.
Police later took blood samples from the kid, Jones and Cousin. The blood draw confirmed the presence of opiates, police mentioned.
Cousin and Jones every face a cost of permitting youngster abuse or neglect with substantial bodily hurt.
A warrant for the grandmothers’ arrest was issued in July. On Friday, Oct. 21, officers arrested the pair in an unregistered automobile on Las Vegas Boulevard close to Nellis Boulevard, police mentioned. During the cease, police discovered each girls had felony warrants out of Las Vegas Justice Court.
Records from the Division of Child and Family Services present the household had 4 prior abuse allegations since 2017. All had been discovered unsubstantiated.
A report alleging abuse in October 2021 was discovered substantiated.
“The family was provided with appropriate services and referrals based upon assessment, and was actively engaged in services,” the report mentioned. The minor was deemed secure within the care of the non-offending caregiver, and the case closed.”
Cousin remained on the Clark County Detention Center on $10,000 bail as of Wednesday. Due to an error within the court docket system, it was unclear what quantity a choose had set Jones’ bail.