A 3 1/2 -year-old Plymouth Avenue girl was in critical condition today after apparently drinking what police believe was a cocktail of cocaine, heroin, amphetamines and methadon Sunday in her mother's apartment.
Crystal Roman was placed in the intensive-care unit of Children's Hospital after failing to respond when discovered unconscious in her home around noon.
Efforts to locate the 19-year-old mother's husband, who is not the father of the child, to discuss the circumstances of the situation were continuing today by homicide Detectives Mark Krawczyk, Andy Ortiz and Tony Manzella, authorities said.
"We're trying to determine how the toddler was able to get so many different types of drugs and ingest them," said Capt. Joseph Riga, chief of the Homicide Bureau. "We're considering the possibility that they were already mixed together in a liquid."
Leonor Roman, the child's mother, said her husband, Lawrence Crummie, planned to speak with homicide investigators later today.
"He'll be going downtown to give a statement to the homicide detectives," Ms. Roman said, adding that her husband is receiving methadon for his addiction to heroin. She stressed that she had no idea how her child came in contact with the drugs.
Central District Officers Juan Phillips and Justine Harris responded to the home after a 911 call of an "unconscious toddler" was broadcast over the police radio.
After an initial investigation by the officers, homicide Sgt. Anthony Costantino and Detective Charles Aronica were called in to continue the probe on Sunday.
Earlier Sunday, a baby girl from Virginia Street was rushed to Children's Hospital when she stopped breathing. She was declared dead at the hospital. At this point, it does not appear there was any foul play, authorities said.