Child, 9, eats crack cocaine on Christmas

Kimberly Losurdo, 45, is charged with child abuse after a nine-year-old child in her care ate crack cocaine thinking it was candy on Dec. 25, 2012, at a Florida home, police said.


A nine-year-old child is in hospital after eating crack cocaine on Christmas Day at a Florida home.

Firefighters responded to a home to treat a child who was convulsing and losing consciousness Thursday at 1:30 a.m. Blood tests at the hospital found cocaine in the child's system.

The child told police an "irregular shaped, rock-like" substance was in the bathroom and they ate it on Tuesday, the Hernando County Sheriff's Office said in a release Thursday.

The accused, a woman who was in the home for five to seven days, told investigators the child ate the crack thinking it was "candy or a pill," police said.

Officials with the department of children and families removed the child from the Spring Hill home, as well as an 11-year-old and 16-year-old.

Police said the child in hospital is expected to make a full recovery.

Kimberly Losurdo, 45, has been charged with child abuse and is in custody.

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