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Judge spares mom of infant who ate crack

The Buffalo woman whose infant son became ill on crack cocaine and opiates at a party almost five months ago was spared a jail term Tuesday.

City Judge Joseph A. Fiorella ordered Marceia D. Dixon, 20, to submit to unannounced drug testing and warrantless searches of her new home while she is on probation for the next year. In sparing her a jail term, he said he was impressed with her "evidence of remorse" and her willingness to turn her life around.

Fiorella imposed the maximum-allowable probation for her Aug. 18 plea to a charge of attempted child endangerment for the June 6 incident at a Grider Street party.

The judge also ordered her to submit to City Court's drug court program to overcome her "issues with marijuana," maintain the job she recently obtained and get her high school equivalency diploma. He also fined her $160.

Ayoka Tucker, Dixon's lawyer, said her client is undergoing substance abuse counseling and has suffered "a great deal of remorse" over her infant son's illness. She said Dixon has "removed herself from the situation" that caused the problem and has relocated from Appenheimer Avenue, where she lived at the time.

Dixon has been free on $10,000 bail posted by her mother, who now has custody of her infant son under supervision of the Erie County Social Services Department. She declined to comment after the court session.

Tucker told the judge Dixon has completed one parenting class and will be taking more parenting classes and continues to try to regain full custody of her son.

Tucker said Dixon visits her son daily, under supervision.

Dixon was charged with child endangerment and third-degree assault when she took her son to Women and Children's Hospital after he became ill after accidentally ingesting crack cocaine and opiates at a June 6 party at a friend's house on Grider Street. He was eight months old at the time.

Dixon, who had faced a maximum 90-day jail term on her plea, told police she had been aware people were smoking crack cocaine at the party where her son became ill.


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