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SPRING HILL, Fla. - A 9-year-old child who was hospitalized suffering from convulsions, seizures and loss of consciousness had ingested cocaine, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.
Fire Rescue responded to a call in the Spring Hill area early Thursday morning and took the child to a local hospital. Initial blood tests indicated there was cocaine in the child's system.
During an interview, the child told investigators that a person in the home, identified as 45-year-old Kimberly Losurdo, was seen smoking, snorting and ingesting drugs.
According to a sheriff's statement, the child found an "irregular shaped, rock like" substance in a bathroom and swallowed it several days ago, possibly on Christmas Day.
The child then became ill and slowly deteriorated until being hospitalized.
Detectives questioned Losurdo, who told them she had been around the child for 5 -7 days. She admitted to smoking crack at the home and said the child apparently came across a piece and thought it was candy or a pill, according to the statement.
A search of the residence turned up a crack pipe.
The Department of Children and Families removed several other children from the home.
Losurdo was arrested and charged with Child Abuse. Her bond was set at $5,000, according to the statement.
The child is expected to make a full recovery.
Neighbors, however, believe it never had to come to this horrific tragedy.
A female neighbor, who asked ABC Action News to conceal her identity, said she called DCFS on Losurdo in the past.
She said she would see the children out late at night riding their bikes and walking around in pajamas.
"When you asked them where their mother was they'd say, 'Mom is passed out,'" the neighbor said.
Another neighbor said the children did not look well taken care of and well fed. He also said Losurdo acted and dressed inappropriately when dropping her child off at the bus stop.
"[She'd be in] six inch heels and a see-through dress with a slit way up the side," said the male neighbor who also asked for his identity to be protected.
Neighbors told ABC Action News Losurdo moved into the "family-oriented" neighborhood two years ago and lived in the house on and off. In recent weeks, neighbors said DCFS workers were on the property cleaning it up and taking away truckloads of garbage.