HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. - A 45-year-old woman is now facing an additional charge after an 11-year-old child tested positive for crack cocaine. On Thursday, Hernando County deputies reported that a 9-year-old tested positive after being hospitalized with severe symptoms.
Detectives says Kimberly Losurdo admitted to smoking crack cocaine at a Spring Hill home where she was staying with three children.
Early Thursday morning, the 9-year-old was taken by Fire Rescue to a local hospital. Investigators say the child was experiencing convulsions, seizures and loss of consciousness.
During an interview, the child told investigators that 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 on or around 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.
Two other children in the home, ages 11 and 16, were taken into protective custody by the Department of Children and Families.
The 11-year-old also tested positive for cocaine. The child told investigators that a "pill/candy looking substance was seen on a dresser and "I ate it."
The child did not exhibit that same extreme reaction as the 9-year-old.
Losurdo was charged with a second count of Child Abuse.
Neighbors 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.