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.