A 38-year-old Maryland man was charged with child neglect after his 20-month-old daughter was hospitalized and found to have PCP and Xanax in her system, officials said Friday.
Jayson Hall, of Montgomery County, was released on a $10,000 bond Thursday, according to court records. There was no immediate indication that he purposely dosed the girl with the drugs.
Rather, according to arrest records, he appears to have created a condition where the child had access to the drugs.
Shortly before she fell ill, Hall had been asleep on a sofa. On a coffee table was a bottle of pills and a baggie of pills, according to the arrest records. Hall’s wife would later tell police she knew him to be a PCP user.
Hall could not immediately be reached for comment.
The child has since been released from the hospital, according to a police spokesman. It was not clear how much of either drug was in her system.
“We don’t know the ultimate severity of this, other than it’s obviously a terrifying circumstance,” Assistant State’s Attorney Seth Zucker said during a brief court hearing Thursday.
John Lavigne, an attorney representing Hall, said at the hearing that Hall worked on a loading dock for a large retailer. “He helps to support the children, and wants to continue doing that,” Lavigne said.
The charging documents spell out a series of events Wednesday.
Just before leaving for work, the child’s mother saw her husband, Hall, sleeping on a sofa. She woke him up and told him to put the pills on a shelf out of reach of the children. “She left assuming he did so,” police wrote in court papers.
The mom later received a call from her 13-year-old son, who said his baby sister “was very sleepy and unable to stand.” The mom received another call from her 11-year-old daughter, who said the toddler “was having a hard time breathing.”
The mom immediately headed home. When she arrived, she saw her son “outside on the street carrying his baby sister,” police wrote in court records. The mom took the girl, and noted she appeared to have stopped breathing. A next-door neighbor, who is a doctor, rushed over and began performing CPR. Paramedics were called, and took the baby to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, where a blood test showed the presence of PCP and Xanax in the child’s system.