PHOENIX - A Valley woman has been arrested after her 5-year-old daughter tested positive for methamphetamine.
Jacqueline Trousdale, 30, faces one count of child abuse and one count of endangering the life and health of a minor.
According to court documents, the charges stem from test results of a urine sample taken from her daughter several months ago.
In the documents, police said they were contacted on October 14, 2012 by a relative who reported that Trousdale’s two daughters told their father and other family members their mother was injecting them with a drug and allowing men to molest them for money inside a hotel room in Tolleson.
The father told authorities he confronted Trousdale at the hotel, where she was in the bathroom consuming drugs with the eldest daughter present. According to court documents, the girls' father took the younger child with him, but the 6-year-old girl refused to leave her mother.
Prior child abuse allegations had been made with Phoenix police and Child Protective Services and, according to the documents, CPS had been looking for the children for a while.
The 5-year-old was interviewed and said she was given a shot in the arm and in the foot. A physical exam was also performed on the child, but there were reportedly no signs of sexual assault.
The victim did have a fever, was underweight and had a heart condition that had been untreated, according to the documents. She was taken into CPS custody.
On October 30, detectives found Trousdale in front of the Tolleson hotel and she admitted to using methamphetamine around her daughters, but said she usually used the drug when the girls were asleep.
On June 5, 2013, the lab results from October showed a urine sample from the 5-year-old contained methamphetamine and amphetamine.
Tolleson police found and arrested Trousdale on June 9.
According to police, Trousdale was seen putting something in her bra and was searched by a female detective who found the bra’s underwire removed and bent, and three screws, apparently taken from a light inside the jail holding cell. She was also charged with one count of theft.
Trousdale was arraigned in a Tolleson court on Wednesday.
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