4-year-old brings home crack cocaine from New York day care

Posted at 7:42 PM, Oct 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-11 07:38:06-04

Police are investigating a disturbing case of child endangerment in New York after a group of toddlers ended up with crack cocaine at their day care center last week. 

The mother of one little girl says she was hospitalized after putting the drug in her mouth. 

"Had my daughter ingested the capsule and not spit it out, I would be planning a funeral," said Sabrina Straker. 

Her daughter Serenity is alive an well but her mother says the 4-year-old could have died. 

Serenity says another child gave the small capsules to her while they were playing on Friday at the Little Inventors Day Care in the Bronx. 

 "Inside was something small and white, which she described as a tooth - looked like rocks, or pebbles. Then I was curious," Straker said. 

Straker went to the police when she pulled out more capsules and officers immediately tested the substance. 

 "Low and behold whatever this test kit is, it was blue and he said, 'this is what it is. That's what that means. This is crack cocaine.' I said 'What? Come again? No, I didn't just hear that,'" Straker said. 

The director of the day care Yvette Jospeph believes the person the crack cocaine belonged too threw it over the fence to try to get rid of it. 

But police say one child passed the capsules around like candy and are looking at this as endangering the welfare of a child. 

"We did a thorough check. The children are fine. We called the parents," Joseph said. 

Serenity's mom wants more, including answers to how the drugs ended up in a place like this. 

 "I want the school to be shut down.  I don't feel it's safe for anybody's child.  If they can't keep eyes on them, they don't need to be in their care, because this is something very serious," Straker said. 

Police are continuing their investigation into how the drugs ended up at the day care center in the first place.