The second parent accused of willful cruelty to a child in connection with a young Taft girl who ingested methamphetamine last summer has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.
Christopher Davidson, 32, entered a no contest plea to one count of child cruelty this week in Kern County Superior Court.
Davidson and Gina Barrios, 38, were arrested by Taft Police at a Bakersfield motel on Aug. 31, more than two weeks after their two-year-old daughter was rushed to a Bakersfield hospital where it was found she had ingested the illegal drug.
Barrios pleaded no contest to the child cruelty charge on Nov. 19.
Barrios has been held in custody since her arrest. She was scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday but that has been delayed for 90 days, a court clerk said.
Davidson was released on $60,000 bail and remains free awaiting sentencing on Feb. 14.
Taft Police became involved in the case after the girl was hospitalized Aug. 15 at Mercy Southwest in Bakersfield.
Lt. Pete Aranda said the girl was staying with her mother and father and three half-siblings in a home on the 300 block of Woodrow. The father left for a time Wednesday morning, then returned.
Aranda said Barrios left the home about 11 a.m. and the father then noticed the little girl was starting to show signs of illness.
"He noticed she was not herself and then it progressed to signs of being ill," Aranda said.
The girls condition deteriorated further and she vomited and may have had seizures, prompting the father to call 911 about 2:30 p.m.
The child was transported to Mercy Southwest by Hall Ambulance.
Testing at the hospital revealed the presence of methamphetamine in her system, Aranda said. Child Protective Services was called and they notified Taft Police, who launched an investigation.