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4-Year-Old Found in Hotel Room Tests Postive for Cocaine

12:28 PM, Apr 20, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Sheriff's Office deputies responding to a call about prostitution and drug use at the Candlewood Suites on Belfort Road instead found a four-year-old boy who tested positive for cocaine at a local hospital.

Police were called to the hotel around 5:30 Wednesday afternoon after a person complained a woman staying in room #306 was selling drugs and prostituting.

As police walked towards to the room they smelled a "strong odor of marijuana," according to an information report from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Deputies knocked on the room door several times but no one answered.  They could hear a child's voice inside and could hear the child running around.

Police said at one point the child opened the door, said, "Hi, policeman," and then quickly closed the door shut again.

The hotel manager was asked to open the room door since police feared for the child's safety.  However, the manager was only able to open the door a few inches since the inside safety latch was being used.

When the door was cracked, a man who police identified as Quentine Crawford peaked through the opening.  Police asked the man who the child belonged to, to which Crawford replied, "What kid? I don't know whose kid that is.  It ain't mine."

Crawford then opened the hotel room door and allowed police to enter the room.  Inside the room, police found a second man, Matthew Reagan, and the child sitting on a bed.

Police detained both Crawford and Reagan once they found a piece of crack cocaine and a marijuana roach inside the room.

During their conversation with Crawford and Reagan, the 4-year-old tried to picked up a piece of crack cocaine and tried to eat it.  Officers were able to keep the child from ingesting the drugs but in fear for the child's safety, police called rescue crews to the hotel room.

Police were able to get in touch with the boy's mother, Tara Coleman, on the phone.  Reagan spoke with her and told her that rescue was at the hotel taking her son to Baptist Pediatrics.  Once Coleman learned police were there conducting a child neglect investigation, and she could receive more than a misdemeanor charge for prostitution, she refused to return to the hotel.

When police spoke to her on the phone she was "agitated, cursing, very uncooperative" and did not return to the hotel.

As police searched the room, the found marijuana, two crack pipes and various sizes of brillo pieces.

Both Crawford and Reagan were both arrested and taken to the Pretrial Detention Facility.  Crawford has been charged with possession of cocaine.  Reagan has been charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, child neglect - person willfully neglects child and renting space for prostitution.

Police went to Baptist Hospital to follow up with DCF, who had taken the child into protective custody.  While at the hospital emergency room, it was learned the 4-year-old had tested positive for cocaine.

Deputies are going to attempt to secure an arrest warrant for Tara Coleman, according to the report.

 

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