'Tooth' 4-year-old brought home from day care was crack cocaine


Police are investigating a disturbing case of child endangerment in New York.

It’s not clear how it happened, but a group of toddlers ended up with crack cocaine in their hands at a day care center last week.

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

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Straker’s daughter, Serenity, is alive and well but her mother says her 4-year-old could have died.

"Luckily because she spit it, out she's still here,” she said.

Serenity said another child gave them to her on Friday while the kids were playing together at Little Inventors Day Care in the Bronx.

When Serenity arrived home that evening, she showed her moth one capsule.

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

Then Serenity pulled out more.

"She comes back, 'well Mommy, I have a lot of his teeth,' so then I have a third capsule,” Straker said.

That’s when she went straight to police.

"This can't be what I'm thinking it is, because how could that be in a pre- school?" she said.

Police confirmed what she suspected. Officers immediately ran and test.

"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.

Serenity was then rushed to a local hospital.

"She couldn't sit down, she was beyond bouncy, very loquacious, just all over the place, literally, talking to herself, looking in the mirror, saying she sees three of herself. Once they did the urine test it came back positive that she had cocaine in her system,” Straker said.

The director of the day care said they think a person threw the drugs over the fence to get rid of it.

But police said one child passed them out and are looking at this as endangering the welfare of a child.

The day care said they did a thorough check. The children were fine and called the parents.

Straker wants more, including answers to how drugs ended up in a place like that.

"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,” she said.

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