SPRING HILL — A 45-year-old Spring Hill woman faces a child abuse charge after she left a piece of crack cocaine lying around for a 9-year-old child to find and swallow, authorities say.
Kimberly Losurdo admitted to investigators that she smoked crack in the residence where the child and two others were also staying, according to a Hernando Sheriff's Office news release.
Losurdo said she called paramedics early Thursday when the child started to convulse and drift in and out of consciousness. Staffers at a local hospital notified authorities after a blood test revealed cocaine in the child's system.
Investigators interviewed the child and learned that the youngster witnessed Losurdo smoking, snorting and ingesting drugs. The child found a small, rock-like substance in the bathroom, swallowed it and soon became ill, the release states. Investigators later found a crack pipe in the house.
Investigators say Losurdo told them the 9-year-old must have found a piece of the drug and ingested it.
A Sheriff's Office spokeswoman declined to elaborate on Losurdo's relationship with the child, citing confidentiality requirements meant to protect the child's identity. Officials with the Florida Department of Children and Families removed the child and two others, ages 11 and 16, from the residence.
The child who ingested the drug is expected to make a full recovery.
Losurdo remained in the Hernando County Detention Center on Thursday in lieu of $5,000 bail.