Investigators: Cocaine May Have Caused Death Of Bronx Toddler
By: NY1 News
NY1: Investigators: Cocaine May Have Caused Death Of Bronx Toddler
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More tests are needed to figure out exactly how a Bronx toddler died, but there are indications she may have swallowed cocaine.
Two-year-old Sherlyn Polonia was rushed to the hospital Wednesday after emergency officials say she went into cardiac arrest. She died before she got there.
Sources tell NY1 doctors told police her urine tested positive for cocaine.
Police searched the apartment shared by her mother and her boyfriend and say they found a large amount of the drug. Johanna Bare, 23, and 47-year-old Johnny Carvajal were arraigned Thursday on charges of drug possession, endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment.
The Administration for Children's Services said it never received complaints about the family, but reports say an older child has now been taken into custody.
Sherlyn's father lives in the Dominican Republic. According to the New York Post, his brother is former Yankee outfielder Luis Polonia. He retired in 2000 and is now playing in the Dominican Winter League playoffs.