Kimberly Losudo of Spring Hill now faces two child abuse charges after authorities discovered cocaine in the systems of two children, 9- and 11-years-old.
Losurdo reportedly admitted to investigators that she smoked crack in the residence where the children were also staying. She called paramedics last week when the 9-year-old started to convulse and drift in and out of consciousness. A blood test at the hospital revealed cocaine in the child’s system.
Investigators interviewed the child and learned that the child witnessed Losurdo smoking, snorting and ingesting drugs. The child found a small, rock-like substance in the bathroom, swallowed it and soon became ill, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Department. 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.
The 9-year-old and two other children were then removed from the home by the Florida Department of Children and Families. As part of the investigation into that incident, authorities tested the other two children for drugs. The 11-year-old who had been staying in the home was then also found to have cocaine in his or her system.
The 9-year-old who ingested the crack cocaine is expected to fully recover. Losurdo was held in the Hernando County Detention Center in lieu of $10,000 bail.
It is not clear from the media reports whether Losurdo is charged with child abuse at the second-degree or third-degree felony level. The difference between the two is whether the state believes the 9-year-old suffered great bodily harm despite the fact that she will fully recover. If second-degree, Losurdo faces up to 15 years in prison. If third-degree, the maximum sentence is 5 years in prison.