Child brings few grams of cocaine home from daycare
BRONX - October 11, 2018
The girl’s mother, Sabrina Straker, was horrified when her daughter, Serenity, showed her the capsules on Friday and told her she'd put one of them in her mouth. She told her mother another child in the daycare gave her his "teeth," but when Straker looked at the capsules, she knew something was wrong.
"This can't be what I think it is," Straker said. "How did this get in the daycare?"
She immediately went to the 46th Precinct to alert police. Narcotics detectives ran a test on the capsules and confirmed it was crack cocaine.
Serenity was then rushed to a hospital where she tested positive for the drug, as she had put one of the capsules in her mouth, but then spat it out.
"She could have died if she ingested this," Straker said. "I was furious."
Journalists turned to Yvette Joseph, the director at the Little Inventors Day Care on Andrews Avenue in the Bronx, for answers. She said someone threw the drugs over the fence and it fell into the hands of one of the children.
“We checked our center thoroughly and all of the children are safe," Joseph said.
During an interrogation with an unnamed daycare employee, the police said that the 53-year-old woman had nothing to do with the crime. "The child could lie because she was scared," said in the Police Department.
Now the police are looking at all possibilities, including at the family of the child who gave the capsules to Serenity.
Straker wants the daycare shut down, saying the staff dropped the ball by not noticing the children passing around the capsules filled with drugs like candy.
“No one was watching the children," she said. "There are fifteen kids in the room with two teachers and two aides, where were they when this was going on?"
PIX11 reached out to the Administration for Children's Services to see if the agency is looking into this, but they have not yet responded. The NYPD is investigating this as an endangering the welfare of a child case.