A 34-year-old Texas mother was arrested after police say she put PCP, also known as “angel dust”, in her 6-year-old daughter’s school lunch, according to the arrest affidavit.
Police say on May 4, the girl began to exhibit behavior consistent with a person under the influence of narcotics at her elementary school. The girl said she could hear “banging in her head,” and was talking to people who were not there.
The girl’s school counselor called her mother, Torina Gutierrez, and reported the incident to her, the arrest affidavit states. Gutierrez told the school counselor “Don’t call EMS and don’t call CPS, I’m on my way”. When Gutierrez arrived at the school, police say she picked up her daughter without talking to school staff and took her home.
Police say Gutierrez called EMS when she arrived home and her daughter was taken to Dell Children’s Medical Center.
Toxicology tests revealed the 6-year-old girl tested positive for phencyclidine (PCP).
Child Protective Services were notified of the incident and tested Gutierrez for narcotic use, which yielded a positive result indicative of PCP use within the past 24-48 hours, the arrest affidavit states. The girl was then removed from her mother’s home by CPS and placed with a family member.
On May 18, CPS tested Gutierrez a second time for narcotic use and the test result was positive for PCP, according to police.
On May 25, the girl was interviewed at the Center for Child Protection where she told police her mother made her lunch and she ate it at lunch time in the school cafeteria, according to the arrest affidavit. After lunch, the girl said she got “crazy dizzy,” by the “angel dust.” Police said the girl told them her mother said “angel dust” was a drug and the drug must have gotten into her lunch meat.
During the interview with police, the girl stated her lunch meat tasted like “fireworks,” according to the arrest affidavit. Police said the girl proceeded to draw a picture of the container that “angel dust” comes in and said she had seen it in her home.
On May 30, the girl's mother was interviewed at the Travis County Sheriff’s Office where she admitted to allowing a man into her home with PCP and stated she knew the man was a drug dealer and drug user, the arrest affidavit states.
HLN reached out to Gutierrez’s attorney for a comment, but calls were not returned.
Gutierrez was charged with abandoning or endangering a child, a state jail felony. Police say Gutierrez intentionally engaged in conduct that placed her child in danger of death, bodily injury, or physical or mental impairment.
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