Four-year-old US girl brings crack cocaine home from child care
A US mother claims her four-year-old daughter brought home crack cocaine from her child care.
Sabrina Straker's daughter Serena said another child had given her "teeth" at Little Inventors Day Care in New York's the Bronx last Friday.
As Serenity handed more of the white capsules to her mother, it became clear the "teeth" were something more sinister.
"This can't be what I think it is," Ms Straker told New York broadcaster PIX11.
"How did this get in the day care?"
Ms Straker took the capsules to NYPD's 46th precinct, where detectives confirmed the objects were crack cocaine.
Serenity, who had put a capsule in her mouth but spat it out, was rushed to hospital and later tested positive to cocaine.
"She could have died if she ingested this," Ms Straker said.
"I was furious."
The centre's director told the broadcaster it believed the drugs had been thrown over the fence by someone wishing to dispose of them.
A child had found the drugs and handed them to classmates thinking it was confectionery.
Serenity will make a full recovery. Ms Straker said she wants the centre shut down.
The NYPD said it was investigating the case as endangering the welfare of a child.