Yonkers Caretakers Accused of Sickening Kids With PCP

Tuesday, May 31, 2011  |  Updated 8:34 AM EDT
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Police in Yonkers say six children, all under the age of five, were exposed to angel dust while under the care of adults.  Demarco Morgan has more.

Police in Yonkers say six children, all under the age of five, were exposed to angel dust while under the care of adults. Demarco Morgan has more.

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Three Yonkers adults are being investigated, accused of exposing young children in their home to the potent drug phencyclidine, or PCP, sickening three of them.

Police responded Friday evening to a report of possible child abuse at an apartment at 5 Van Cortlandt Ave., and found six children living there, ranging in age from three-and-a-half weeks to five years old.

Some of them had been exposed to PCP, also known as angel dust, and paramedics had to render immediate aid to them, said police.

Three children, all siblings, were treated at area hospitals. Two of them have been discharged, and the third is still in the hospital but doing "much better," according to police.

Another sibling was in the home with them, but not sickened by PCP.

Police said they were continuing to investigate how the children had consumed the drug.

Police arrested the children's uncle, 21-year-old Reiluis Medina, who was also the father of the two other children in the home. He was charged with six counts for failing to exercise control of a minor.

Medina's live-in girlfriend, 20-year-old Koby Maldonado, was also arrested on the same counts.

A cousin of Maldonado who was in the home, 19-year-old Aurek Gonzalez, was arrested and charged with three counts of failing to exercise control of a minor.

The adults are being investigated by Child Protective Services, according to police.

The parents of the children are in and out of their lives, and were not present when the incident happened, said police.

It was not immediately clear whether Medina, Maldonado, or Gonzalez had attorneys. Numbers for them were not listed.

PCP is known to cause hallucinogenic and neurotoxic effects, and produces symptoms ranging from numbness, staggering and slurred speech in small doses and excitation and convulsions in high doses. PCP has been associated with bizarre acts of self-injury and violence.

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