HOUSTON—A mother whose baby tested positive for cocaine went before a judge Monday. Ashley Jones, who was arrested November 22, made her first appearance in a Harris County courthouse to face child endangerment charges.
According to court documents, the 30-year-old mother took her 1-year-old daughter to a "known drug house" in the 400 block of Woolworth in northeast Houston on May 11, 2011.
Jones told investigators that she took the baby to the home around 11:30 p.m.
While she was there, she left the baby and went to the restroom. She said when she came back downstairs, a woman she did not know was holding the baby.
Jones told police she got upset, took the baby and went back home.
But around 3 a.m., Jones said the baby started shivering and crying. She said she thought it was from a staph infection that the baby had recently had – an infection that caused the little girl to lose a fingertip.
After a few hours with no improvement, Jones took the baby to Texas Children’s Hospital.
"The child had a fever," said Ryan Mitchell, a Harris County assistant district attorney. "(She was) experiencing some chills. (She) was shaking. Looked purple. The eyes were rolling in the back of her head."
A man who rented the home where the criminal complaint stated Jones had gone for drugs said she hung out at another home down the street.
"My reaction is she’s a pretty stupid mom," said the man, who would only give his first name: Avelino. "From what I’ve seen, obviously she don’t give a (expletive) about the baby."
Avelino said he only moved in three months ago—after the incident—but that he didn’t believe Jones had gotten drugs on his block.
"Man, that chick gets drugs everywhere," he said. "The fact that she comes over here and hangs out don’t mean she got it here."
Jones was released from jail after placing a $2,000 bond.
A spokeswoman for Child Protective Services said the agency took custody of the child back in May, and that she is currently doing well in foster care.