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Deputies Arrest Mother Of Baby Who Ingested Cocaine

Posted July 9, 2004

— A Cumberland County mother is in jail after her 15-month old daughter swallowed crack cocaine.

Landonia Scott, 39, and her husband, Johnny McGill, 52, have been charged with contributing to a juvenile being neglected. McGill was still at-large Friday night.

Because investigators believe the case was an accident, the charge is a misdemeanor. North Carolina statutes do not provide for a felony charge under those circumstances.

Investigators said McGill has a long criminal history of drug offenses dating back to the mid 1980s. Scott has no prior criminal record.

Anyone with information as to McGill's location should contact the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office at

(910) 323-1500.

The charges stem from an incident last Monday, when detectives were notified that 15-month-old Landonia Denise McGill was at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center unresponsive and suffering from seizures and high fever. Toxicology tests revealed the presence of cocaine in the child's system.

A search warrant was executed at McGill's residence, where detectives found crack cocaine.

Investigators believe the cocaine was on a table and that the baby accidentally took some.

The baby has recovered and has been taken into custody by the Department of Social Services.

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