Brian Kelly

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KMOX)-A Cape Girardeau woman is charged with child endangerment, after traces of cocaine were found in the bloodstreams of her three daughters, including an 18-month-old.

Patrolman Darin Hickey tells KMOX that after the infant was taken to the hospital on New Year’s morning with seizures and fever, tests showed cocaine in her system, and in those of her 11 and 14-year-old sisters.

Hickey says the mother, 31-year-old Brooke Whitener says she would never give her girls cocaine and doesn’t know how it into their bloodstreams, “We just don’t know if it was found on the ground or what the circumstances may be. If it was lying on a table or if it was just some incidental contact.”

Hickey says no drug-related evidence was found in their home, which is why Whitener isn’t charged with a drug crime.

He says investigators are trying to find out who the girls may have had contact with before New Year’s morning.

The girls, meanwhile, are staying with other relatives.

Copyright KMOX Radio


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