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Friday, Aug 31 2012 04:25 PM

Parents of toddler who tested positive for meth arrested

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

The parents of a Taft toddler who tested positive for methamphetamine a few weeks ago were arrested Friday on charges of willful cruelty to a child, among other charges.

Gina Barrios and Christopher Davidson were arrested at 10:50 a.m. at a motel near South Union Avenue in Bakersfield, said Lt. Peter Aranda of the Taft Police Department.

Barrios faces charges of felony willful cruelty to a child and misdemeanor obstructing and delaying an officer. Davidson faces charges of felony willful cruelty to a child, felony accessory after the fact and misdemeanor obstructing and delaying an officer.

Their 2-year-old daughter was taken to a hospital Aug. 15 after she started having seizure-like symptoms. A urine test at the hospital came back positive for meth, Taft Police have said.

The girl was released from the hospital and immediately taken into custody by Child Protective Services. Police began investigating the parents after a call from CPS asked them to check on her siblings.

Police searched a home they were staying at on the 300 block of Woodrow Street, but did not find any signs of drug use. Police have not been able to prove that anyone gave drugs to the girl, Aranda said.

"Nobody's owning up to ownership of the drugs," he said.

Bail is set at $115,000 for Davidson and $75,000 for Barrios. Both have arraignment hearings scheduled Tuesday.

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