Two people are facing charges after authorities said a toddler ingested methamphetamine back in April.

Toddler Ingesting Meth Captured on Video

According to the Egg Harbor Township Police Department, on April 30th, they received a report of a 16-month-old child that had ingested meth, resulting in the child suffering overdose symptoms.

That report was made to police when the person reporting it was made aware of the incident, and by that time the child had recovered.

Police said once they received the report, which was accompanied by a video of the incident, an investigation immediately started.

2 People Charged

After determining that the information was true, arrest warrants were issued for 43-year-old Holly Peace of Egg Harbor Township and 44-year-old Gabrielle DePasquale of Atlantic City.

Both were charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Ms. Peace was additionally charged with neglect of a child and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

On May 23rd, Depasquale was located and arrested by the Mount Laurel Police Department and turned over to the EHTPD. On June 5th, Peace was arrested in Egg Harbor Township. Both are being held in the Atlantic County Justice Facility pending court proceedings.

EHT Police Make a Clear Statement

The Egg Harbor Township Police Department made the following statement in regard to this alleged incident:

Our agency would like to make it very clear that when a child ingests any type of substance, he or she should be taken to a medical facility immediately and when appropriate, law enforcement should be contacted regarding the same. This child fortunately recovered from ingesting the substance, but that may not always be the case.

If you are aware of any type of incident involving neglect or abuse but do not want to call police, you can always call (877) NJ-ABUSE. In any emergency situation, always dial 9-1-1.

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