Mother whose 3-year-old tested positive for cocaine pleads not guilty

Mother whose 3-year-old tested positive for cocaine pleads not guilty

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A mother who is charged with cruelty to a juvenile pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning.

Megan Gaylord, 25, of Baton Rouge, was arrested in June after her 3-year-old tested positive for high levels of cocaine.

Officers with the Baton Rouge Police Department were called to Gaylord's apartment on Marilyn Drive because of a disturbance. When police arrived, they reportedly found the inside of the apartment "covered with dog feces, spoiled food, trash, dirty diapers and other unknown substances."

Police reports stated the apartment was in such poor condition that officers were not able to stay inside to complete the investigation. The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services was contacted to document the living conditions.

While speaking with Gaylord and her child, officers said they detected a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from both the defendant and her child. EMS took Gaylord and the child to the hospital for further observation and treatment.

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

Gaylord was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and DCFS took custody of the child.

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