Gwinnett mom let 8-month-old ingest cocaine, police say

Jessica Lane Hunt has been charged with cruelty to children after her 8-month-old daughter ingested cocaine.

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Jessica Lane Hunt has been charged with cruelty to children after her 8-month-old daughter ingested cocaine.

A Gwinnett County mother is in jail after police say her 8-month-old daughter ingested cocaine.

The infant ingested cocaine some time between 10:30 p.m. June 2 and 2:30 a.m. June 3, a warrant said. She was brought to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta after the drugs entered her system, and police were called to the hospital, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Jessica Lane Hunt, the girl’s mother, was arrested June 5. Hunt has four children, she said at her first appearance hearing Wednesday.

Gwinnett County Police Department has not released the police report related to the incident, so it is unclear how the baby ingested the cocaine. Drugs can be passed from mother to child through breastfeeding, or a child can accidentally inhale powder cocaine that is left in an easily accessible location.

Toxicology tests are underway to determine how much cocaine the infant was exposed to.

Hunt was on probation at the time of the arrest and is being held without bond in the Gwinnett County Detention Center.

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Channel 2's Tony Thomas reports.