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Columbia woman charged after cocaine found in child’s system

Prosecutors charged a Columbia woman with child abuse after police officers said they found her grandchild unresponsive earlier this month.

Cocaine was allegedly found in the child’s system after the child stayed in her Columbia hotel room.

According to a Columbia Police statement, a warrant has been issued for Dianna Weston of Columbia. Weston has been charged with one count each of abuse or neglect of a child and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Reportedly, Columbia Officers found Weston’s grandchild unresponsive. In a statement, police say they arrived around 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 3 and found the child unconscious and not breathing. The boy was transferred to Womens and Childrens Hospital. It was found later that the child had cocaine in his system.

Police also said they found drugs and drug paraphernalia in the same room. After a search, officers said they found three glass pipes and a small baggie with a white powder inside. According to the police statement, the baggie and one of the glass pipes field tested positive for cocaine.

Authorities said Weston has not been heard from since her grandson was taken to the hospital. Weston is being charged with a class D felony.

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