A 34-year-old grandmother sought by Palmetto police after her grandson allegedly ingested crack cocaine surrendered to authorities Tuesday afternoon, and the woman’s 22-year-old boyfriend was taken into custody that evening, Channel 2 Action News reported.
Ebony Daniel turned herself in about 5:35 p.m. after arrest warrants were issued for her and Charlie Martin, charging both with possession of cocaine, cruelty to children in the first degree and reckless conduct.
Martin contacted police Tuesday and told them he planned to turn himself in, police said. He too was in custody by nightfall.
The investigation began when the mother of a 13-month-old south Fulton County boy brought him to Piedmont Newnan Hospital about 5 p.m. Saturday, saying her child had ingested cocaine.
The toddler’s 17-year-old mother is considered a witness and has not been charged, Sgt. Lee Gragg of the Palmetto Police Department said.
“The mother of the child is cooperating with us, and we spoke with other witnesses who stated cocaine was open and unprotected on the table,” Gragg told Channel 2.
Officers were told that the boy, whose name was not released, had ingested cocaine at the home of the boy’s mother and her boyfriend in the 200 block of Elm Street, police said.
The child was transferred to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. He was admitted to the hospital for observation and tested positive for cocaine, police said.
Saturday night, Palmetto police executed a search warrant at the boy’s home, and “evidence was found and collected at the residence,” Gragg said.
The child has since been released from the hospital, and investigators said they were awaiting toxicology reports to determine how much cocaine he ingested.