2-year-old treated for cocaine abuse

February 1, 2009 2:36:04 PM PST
On Saturday, January 31, 2009, at approximately 2:00 p.m., Stafford Police received information regarding a 2-year-old boy who was being treated for a cocaine overdose at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Red Bank, New Jersey.The investigation revealed that the toddler somehow ingested an unknown amount of cocaine while under the care and custody of his father, James Gordon. According to witness statements, the boy was initially transported to Southern Ocean County Hospital by family members after they observed him shaking and foaming at the mouth. He was then transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center where he was stabilized and treated for cocaine ingestion.

Approximately one hour later, James Gordon was arrested by patrol officers on an outstanding child support warrant after he attempted to sneak back into his home.

A search warrant was later executed by members of the Stafford Township Detective Bureau and the Ocean City Prosecutors Office and yielded cocaine, heroin, and marijuana.

Gordon was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, possession of cocaine, heroin, and marijuana.

He was processed and lodged in the Ocean County Jail in lieu of $142,000 bail.

The 2-year-old is listed in stable condition and will be placed into foster care upon his release from the hospital.

Additionally, Division of Youth and Family Services removed two additional juveniles from the home and placed them into foster care, as well.

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