Parents charged with child neglect after baby possibly ingested meth

Parents charged with child neglect after baby possibly ingested meth

NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. — Parents are facing charges of child neglect after a baby was brought to the hospital with methamphetamine in its system, according to the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office.

At about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, sheriff's deputies responded to Baptist Hospital regarding a possible child neglect case.

According to NSCO, there were no apparent signs of physical injury that would cause respiratory distress, unresponsive state or seizures. Once the child was stable, a toxicology exam showed the child had methamphetamine in its system.

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The child was transferred to Wolfson’s Children Hospital in Jacksonville.

According to an investigation by NCSO detectives, the child's mother and father, Jessica Leclair, 33, and Travis Hendricks, 35, obtained meth Sunday while the child was away with a babysitter. They crushed a small rock of meth inside a $5 dollar bill, placed it on a glass table and snorted it through a straw. The bill was then placed back into the wallet.

Deputies said the following afternoon, Leclair went to work and Hendricks came home to watch the child. At about 9:30 p.m., Hendricks and the child were in the bedroom on the bed. While Hendricks looked away at his phone, he noticed the child had taken the money from his wallet, including the $5 bill, and spread it out on the bed.

Shortly after, the child was unresponsive, gasping for air and having seizures, according to the NSCO investigation. That’s when 911 was called.

When asked where the wallet was, Hendricks told deputies they stopped at an unknown gas station in Fernandina Beach and he threw it in a trash can.

The Florida Department of Children and Families is also investigating the incident.