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Day Care Worker Speaks Out About Finding Tot Eating Crack Cocaine

"For a substance like that to be in a child I know, that's very disheartening"

A daycare worker rescued a litte girl after she spotted her chewing on crack cocaine. NBC10’s Pamela Osborne has the story. (Published Wednesday, March 23, 2016)

A day care owner credited with likely saving the life of a 3-year-old girl who ingested crack cocaine in West Philadelphia spoke out on Wednesday.

Sereda Thompson, the owner of the Works of Learning Early Day Care on Haverford Avenue near 52nd Street, said her instincts kicked in when she noticed the little girl eating something Tuesday morning. She went to the child and pulled out a small bag with a substance in it -- which police later said turned out to be crack cocaine -- but wasn't able to identify what it was.

Day Care Worker Saves Tot Eating Crack Cocaine

[PHI] Day Care Owner Speaks Out After Finding Toddler Eating Crack Cocaine
A day care worker whom police are crediting with saving a 3-year-old girl's life after she ingested crack cocaine is speaking out.
(Published Wednesday, March 23, 2016)

Thompson acted quickly and took the child to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to be checked out, she told NBC10's Pamela Osborne. Tests showed the little girl had ingested crack cocaine and she was admitted to the hospital to be monitored.

The toddler is expected to be OK, police said.

Thompson became emotional when she recounted catching the toddler with the dangerous drug.

"For a substance like that to be in a child I know, that's very disheartening," she said. "I would never want any child to experience anything like that."

Toddler Ingests Crack Cocaine at Philadelphia Daycare

[PHI] Toddler Ingests Crack Cocaine at Philadelphia Daycare
A 3-year-old girl remained at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia after police say a worker at the daycare the child attends at 52nd Street and Haverford Avenue in West Philadelphia found the child chewing on a bag of crack cocaine. The toddler tested positive for cocaine, police said, and is being monitored as investigators try to figure out where she found the dangerous drug.
(Published Wednesday, March 23, 2016)

Police are continuing to investigate where the child got the crack. They said on Tuesday that they do not believe the drug was in the day care center and that the child had been playing outside at some point before adults noticed she had the drug.

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