Prairieville mother arrested after 2-year-old taken to hospital for allegedly swallowing meth

Prairieville mother arrested after 2-year-old taken to hospital for allegedly swallowing meth

GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - Gonzales Police arrested a mother accused of cruelty to a juvenile after her 2-year-old child was taken to the hospital.

Police said detectives were called out to St. Elizabeth Hospital late Sunday night when the child tested positive for methamphetamine.

Investigators said 21-year-old Tyler Dauzat, of Prairieville, came into the hospital with her 2-year-old, who was displaying "extreme erratic behavior." She allegedly medical personnel that she did not know what was behind the child's behavior.

However, investigators say the attending physician discovered a significant amount of meth in the child after a blood screen was done. After examining the child, the medical personnel told police they believe the drug was ingested.

Medical staff was able to stabilize the 2-year-old child, who was later transferred to OLOL's pediatric unit.

According to police, Dauzat would not give an explanation about how the child was able to come across the drug to either the medical staff or workers with the Department of Children and Family Services

Investigators said Dauzat later admitted that she allegedly had crystal meth in powder form in her purse. She added that before her child started to act erratic, the 2-year-old had been left alone with the purse in a local Gonzales hotel room.

Dauzat was arrested and booked into Ascension Parish Jail on charges of negligent injuring, cruelty to juveniles, illegal use of CDS in the presence of juvenile, and improper supervision of a minor. No bond has been set yet.

DCFS is working a custody case involving both the 2-year-old child and another 4-year-old, who is also Dauzat's child. According to police, the case is still under investigation and there could be additional charges.

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