Police: Cocaine found in baby's system, mother charged

Police: Cocaine found in baby's system, mother charged (Reporter: Jon Erickson)

BRIDGETON, CRAVEN COUNTY - A Craven County mother was arrested because her  8-month-old baby tested positive for cocaine use, police said.

Police charged Paris Jones, 25, with child abuse last week. According to investigators, Jones, of Bridgeton, took her 8-month-old girl to a hospital because the baby was having breathing problems. But when the child was tested, it was discovered that she had cocaine in her system, police said.

Investigators said they did not know how the baby was exposed to the cocaine, but the infant is now OK.

NewsChannel 12 asked a local pediatrician about possible effects for infants who had cocaine in their system.

"There are a lot of long-term effects regarding learning and other behavioral issues," said Dr. Jennie Mangun.

Mangun said the effects will vary based on the amount of drug in a child's system and the frequency of exposure.

According to records, Jones has a history of drug convictions dating back almost 10 years. NewsChannel 12 contacted the suspect, but she did not want to talk about the allegations.

The child is now in the custody of Jones' mother, police said.

Jones' next court date on the child abuse charge is in early May.

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