Wisconsin Daycare Worker Charged After Infant Tests Positive for Cocaine

A daycare worker in Wisconsin has been arrested and charged after an 11-month-old child in her care tested positive for cocaine. Milwaukee County prosecutors have charged Passion Watson, 24, who worked at a Kindercare facility, with “possession of cocaine on or near certain places.”

The investigation began when the infant’s mother took him to Children’s Wisconsin hospital for an evaluation in May, noticing several abrasions on her now one-year-old son. Tests revealed the presence of benzoylecgonine, a primary metabolite of cocaine, in the child’s urine, as reported by ABC12.

Detectives initially cleared the mother as a suspect after searching her home. They then turned their attention to the daycare, where a drug-detecting dog alerted authorities to a backpack in the infant room’s closet. Inside Passion Watson’s backpack, officers found a white substance. Although Watson admitted to using cocaine socially twice a month, she denied knowing about the substance in her backpack. She was arrested at the daycare on the spot.

The child’s mother, overwhelmed with emotion, shared her anguish with FOX6, saying, “My life is forever changed. How could you do that to an innocent baby?” She described a series of concerning signs, including a bruised nose, black eye, and scratches on her son, which led her to seek medical attention.

The mother also reported changes in her son’s behavior, telling the news outlet, “He’s just reckless, he’s agitated – like he doesn’t play with his toys.” Legal representatives for the family are pushing for additional child neglect charges due to the physical injuries the boy suffered.

Court documents show that Watson posted a $1,500 bond following her arrest. The case has raised significant concerns about the safety and oversight within daycare facilities.

This incident underscores the need for rigorous background checks and vigilant supervision in childcare environments to protect the health and safety of children.