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Norwich woman faces charges after toddler found, ingested drugs from her purse

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Norwich — Police charged a local woman with drug possession and risk of injury to a minor Thursday after a 2-year-old she was babysitting allegedly found Ecstasy pills in the woman’s purse and ingested them.

Gabrielle A. Barboza, 29, of 55 Cherry Hill Road, was charged Thursday with risk of injury to a minor and possession of a hallucinogen. She was released on a $15,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned in Norwich Superior Court Dec. 17.

Police said Barboza is the child’s aunt and was babysitting for the child when the incident occurred. Police said Barboza called police to say the child had found the pills in her purse and had ingested them.

The child was alert and responsive when medical crews arrived, police said. The child was taken to the William W. Backus Hospital for medical treatment and for observation. The child has been released and is home, police said.

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