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Mother indicted after daughter tests positive for cocaine

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Mother indicted after daughter tests positive for cocaine

By Ashley Meeks Sun-News reporter

Posted: 11/27/2009 12:00:00 AM MST

 

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// ]]>LAS CRUCES — A 26-year-old mother of three faces two felony counts of child abuse after her 6-month-old daughter tested positive for cocaine, according to documents filed in court this week.

Yvonne Sanchez, who also uses the last name Arellano, was indicted on two felony charges of child abuse by a Doña Ana County grand jury Tuesday.

Sanchez was originally arrested in October after police officers responded to a parking lot fight and recognized her vehicle as being involved in an earlier crime, according to documents filed earlier this month in court.

Her three children were found in a “filthy and dangerous” home — dirty diapers on the floor, trash and dirty clothes scattered about, sharp objects like clippers sitting out, uncovered food on the countertops attracting flies, and drug paraphernalia — including three needles — in a cabinet under the backed-up kitchen sink, according to court paperwork. Officers noted it was difficult just to walk around the apartment and that rotting food and bags of trash cluttered the balcony.

She told detectives and representatives from the Children, Youth and Families Department that her boyfriend and his brother, the prior tenant, had drug problems, but that she allowed them to watch her children while she was at work.

The three children were turned over to CYFD custody, according to court documents.

Hair tests on her son and daughter revealed levels of cocaine between .63 and 8.3 nanograms per milligram of hair, between the

low threshold for “frequent” cocaine users and the levels observed in “heavy” cocaine users, according to figures at DrugLibrary.org. Cocaine can be present in children’s hair due to in utero drug use or when children are exposed to second-hand crack cocaine smoke; Sanchez’s second son was allegedly exposed to Sanchez’s boyfriend’s brother “smoking from (a) bottle with something black inside of it,” according to court documents.Sanchez remains in custody.

Ashley Meeks can be reached at ameeks@lcsun-news.com; (575) 541-5462.

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