California parents arrested for child endangerment after toddler swallows cocaine

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(CBS/AP) ATASCADERO, Calif. - The parents of a California toddler have been arrested after the boy swallowed cocaine that had allegedly been left out where he could get to it.

Twenty-year-old Priscilla Tabarez, the child's mother, and 26-year-old Daniel Sanchez, the child's father, were arrested Wednesday along with Tabarez's 18-year-old brother Isaac Tabarez and booked for investigation of felony child endangerment.

The San Luis Obispo County Tribune reports the 18-month-old showed signs of being under the influence of cocaine when Atascadero police officers arrived Wednesday at the couple's apartment.

According to the Tribune, Police say the child ingested the cocaine orally because the drug was "left out where he could get to it."

Investigators say the child's mother had called for an ambulance.

The boy was taken to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeteon for treatment. He is now in protective custody.

They were still in jail Thursday with bail set at $100,000.