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Posted: Tuesday, 16 July 2013 5:54PM

Cops: St. Bernard mother arrested after toddler ate pot



The St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Department says a mother has been booked with cruelty to a juvenile, a felony, "After her 14-month-old son tested positive for marijuana in a hospital and she admitted he may have eaten remains of pot cigarettes she threw in the back yard after smoking."

Jaranique Goins, 21, who was living in Violet with her mother, surrendered Monday night to the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Pohlmann said, after being informed a district court judge had issued a warrant for her arrest, alleging cruelty to a juvenile.

"Goins and her mother brought the boy to St. Bernard Parish Hospital in Chalmette at about 2 a.m. Friday, July 12, after he appeared unresponsive in his bed," the sheriff said.

He said tests were done at the hospital and it was determined the boy had marijuana in his system. The 14-month-old was transported to Children's Hospital for further observation.

"Detectives from the sheriff's Juvenile Division questioned the mother, who admitted she smoked marijuana and sometimes threw the remains of pot cigarettes in the backyard," Sheriff Pohlmann said.  "She also said the boy did play back there at times, suggesting he may have eaten the marijuana remnants."

She was released on Tuesday on $10,000 bond.

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