Lorain mother, grandmother charged after child found with cocaine and marijuana in system

May 18, 2018 GMT

Lorain mother, grandmother charged after child found with cocaine and marijuana in system

ELYRIA, Ohio -- A Lorain County grand jury charged the mother and grandmother of an an 11-year-old child who tested positive for cocaine and marijuana in February.

Roxie McCall, 39, of Elyria, and Shanice McCall, 21, of Lorain, are charged with endangering children, obstructing official business and obstructing justice, according to court records.

Roxie McCall faces an additional charge of permitting drug abuse.

Records do not say when they’re expected to make their next court appearance.

The charges stem from a call made to police about 2 p.m. Feb. 1. Officers went to a Chestnut Street home near 2nd Street after Shanice McCall called and said her child banged her head and was lethargic, according to an Elyria police report.

A dispatcher told her to take the child to the hospital if her condition didn’t improve.

Paramedics went to the home to check on the child and reported to authorities that the child’s grandmother, Roxie McCall, was acting strange, the report said. Paramedics contacted police to check on the child.

Police went to the home and found that the child appeared to be OK.

The mother later took the child to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center. She repeated that her child hit her head, but a scan did not reveal any injuries, the report says. 

A blood screen revealed cocaine and marijuana in her system, the report says.

The child was unresponsive and was taken to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.

The mother said she stayed the night at her mother’s the night before and left the next day to go to school. She left her child with her mother and sister while she was at school.

She said that everyone in her mother’s home smokes marijuana but would not explain how the child could have cocaine and marijuana in her system, the report said.

The grandmother wouldn’t cooperate when investigators spoke to her at the home, the report said.

Investigators smelled burnt marijuana in the upstairs of the home during a sweep, the report said. They also located the grandmother’s two other children who are 17 and 9.

Police took a marijuana pipe, pills and two cellphones as evidence, the report said.

Officials put together a safety plan together for the 11-month-old and made arrangements for the children to stay with a relative.

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