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Grandmother, mom indicted after toddler ingests drugs

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ELYRIA — An Elyria mother and grandmother have been indicted on felony child endangerment charges in connection with an incident in which an 11-month-old girl tested positive for drugs.

Shanice McCall, 21, and Roxie McCall, 39, both of Chestnut Street, were indicted on third-degree felony charges of endangering children, fifth-degree felony counts of obstructing official business and obstructing justice, according to a Lorain County indictment unsealed Thursday. Roxie McCall also faces a misdemeanor count of permitting drug abuse.

According to Elyria police, Roxie McCall was baby sitting her granddaughter when the infant ingested drugs on Feb. 1. A blood test of the child showed her to have cocaine and marijuana in her system.

Shanice McCall, the child’s mother, called 911 at 2:10 p.m. that day to report her daughter bumped her head on a faucet in the bathroom and was acting lethargic as a result of the injury. When the ambulance arrived at the home, the child appeared to be fine, police have said.

Police were called to the scene because paramedics had concerns about the grandmother’s behavior, but police found the 11-month-old to be alert, conscious and “found no reason at the time for any cause for concern,” police have said.

Less than an hour later, Shanice McCall called her sister and asked for a ride to the hospital, according to police. Once at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, she repeated the story about the head injury. Doctors checked for a head injury, but found nothing.

While at the hospital, the child became unresponsive and medical staff could not revive her. She was flown to a Cleveland hospital.

Doctors at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children Hospital in Cleveland did a blood test that came back positive for cocaine and THC, which is the active identifying compound found in marijuana.

Police have said that when they confronted Shanice McCall with the results of the blood test, she told them to talk with her mother, whom she said smokes marijuana and was watching the child while she was at school.

When officers went to the home on Chestnut Street to talk with Roxie McCall, she was uncooperative, according to police. She was arrest and charged, and police found a marijuana pipe and miscellaneous unmarked pills in the house. Shanice McCall was charged the following day.

The child was last reported to be recovering from the overdose.

Contact Scott Mahoney at 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.

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