Police: Mother arrested after toddler tested positive for cocaine

Police: Mother arrested after toddler tested positive for cocaine

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge woman was arrested and charged with cruelty to a juvenile after a 3-year-old tested positive with high levels of cocaine.

Police were called to the apartment in the 100 block of Marilyn Dr. because of a disturbance involving 25-year-old Megan Gaylord.

When police arrived they found the inside of Gaylord's apartment "covered with dog feces, spoiled food, trash, dirty diapers and other unknown substances."

Police reports say the apartment was in such poor condition, officers were not able to stay inside to complete the investigation.

Child Services were contacted to document the living conditions.

While speaking with Gaylord and her child, officers detected a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from both the defendant and her child.

EMS took Gaylord and her child to the hospital for further observation and treatment.

Several hours later, the emergency room doctor reported the 3-year-old child tested positive with high levels of cocaine and Gaylord tested positive for THC, cocaine and numerous other controlled substances.

Gaylor was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and is being held on a $7,500 bond. According to the Houma Police Department, Gaylord had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Child Services took custody of the child.

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