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Mom charged after baby ingests meth

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Leslie Mendoza (Source: Independence Co. Sheriff's Office) Leslie Mendoza (Source: Independence Co. Sheriff's Office)

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) -- A Region 8 woman faces felony charges after police say her 1-year-old baby suffered a seizure after ingesting methamphetamine.   And investigators say it wasn't the first time.

Leslie Mendoza, 35, is charged with first degree endangerment of an incompetent person.

According to the Independence County Sheriff's Office incident report, the child was rushed to White River Medical Center on July 16 after it had suffered a seizure at its home in the 100-block of Kenneth Street.

Investigators say a urine test performed at the hospital came back positive for methamphetamine.

The child was then airlifted to Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock in critical condition.  Hair and urine tests performed there revealed the child had been exposed to the drug at least two times, the report stated.

When Mendoza arrived at the Little Rock hospital, she was given a drug test by a Department of Human Services worker.  Investigators said Mendoza also tested positive for meth.

When asked how the child could have come into contact with the drug, Mendoza reportedly told the DHS investigator she didn't know.

On August 12, after receiving a statement from the DHS worker and speaking with a DHS investigator in Batesville, a probable cause affidavit was submitted for Mendoza's arrest.

More than a month later, on September 27, Mendoza met with a sheriff's office investigator. 

After being advised of her Miranda rights, Mendoza admitted she used meth the night before the child suffered the seizure, the report stated.

When asked where she kept her drugs, Mendoza told the officer she stored the crushed up narcotics on a CD case under her couch.

Mendoza was arrested and charged after providing a written statement.

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