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Mom charged for toddler's positive drug test

Posted February 27, 2011

— A Willow Spring woman was arrested Friday after her toddler tested positive for cocaine, according to an arrest warrant.

Dana Marie Crawford, 25, of 160 Saleen Drive, faces one count of misdemeanor child abuse.

She is free on a $3,000 bond and is set to appear in court March 11.

The warrant states that Crawford had custody of her 18-month-old son, but was so high that she and the boy's father were hallucinating and "thought snipers had shot a hole in the baby."

Crawford was high on a drug sold as a bath salt, the warrant states. 

Mephedrone is an increasingly popular recreational, hallucinogenic drug and is often sold as bath salts, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Two young men found dead on a fire escape at a Raleigh apartment building last fall likely died of a mephedrone overdose, according to the results of an autopsy.

A bill before the North Carolina Senate would ban the drug.


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  • CarolinianByChoice Mar 1, 2011

    This same woman was arrested in Wake County on 1/27/2011 and charged with Felony Conspiracy - a man very close in age with same last name was also arrested that same day (his photo shows after hers in link below) and charged with PWIS/D Schedule III drugs.


    As I heard once in a movie: "you gotta get a license to drive a car, but any *^%#@ can be a parent". Scary but true.

  • Weetie Feb 28, 2011

    absolutely right Ugum. if they even took them away at all.

  • Ugum Feb 28, 2011

    She will have her kids back in no time.

  • mcdanielsbrandy Feb 28, 2011

    That is what is wrong with the world today. Then they wonder why is so many kids being killed. If it involves a child you should be charged with a FELONY.

  • LOTStosay Feb 28, 2011

    It amazes me how this woman gets a $3,000 dollar bond when her child tested positive for COCAINE, but the man in Benson who hit his son over the head with a spoon & stitched it up with fishing wire gets $100,000 bond. How ridiculous does that sound? I'm not saying that what the man from Benson did was any better than what she did, it is both forms of child abuse but I wanna know how she gets off with $3,000? The justice system is pretty screwed up if you ask me, she & her boyfriend or whatever he is should be locked away & never be able to see the child again.

  • Hater like Darth Vader Feb 28, 2011

    Jet 9192: You would probably also be suprised how casual everything becomes when you use illegal (or legal) drugs.

  • Stand-In-The-Door Feb 28, 2011

    Suggestion. Get the child out of this situation. Sterilize the mother and father. They have already proven they should not be parents. What a waste of human flesh. These so-called parents are pathetic. I pray there is a decent family out there somewhere willing to take care of the child.

  • cweaver1000 Feb 28, 2011

    Why was the baby not charged?

  • Justin T. Feb 28, 2011

    The worst thing about having cocaine around a baby is the next thing you know there will be gangs of toddlers jacking fools so they can get their next fix. Just wait... you'll be seeing strollers with 24" spinners, gold-plated rattlers, and miniature Glocks with the serial numbers filed off.

  • Justin T. Feb 28, 2011

    "Uh.... why did the baby get the cocaine and the parents were reduced to bath salts??? That has got to be a raging wildfire of an environment for a baby." --Bath salts (mephedrone) can make the little ones 'edgy' so obviously cocaine, preferably cut with baby laxative, is the way to go.