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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 9/19/2014 

 Lakeland Man Arrested For Child Neglect After 19-Month-Old Ingests Illegally Obtained Methadone 


On Friday, September 19, 2014, PCSO Special Victims Unit detectives arrested 34-year-old Shawn Cross of 5417 Rebecca Lane in Lakeland and charged him with one count Possession of Controlled Substance and one count Child Neglect.

According to the affidavit, Cross purchased four methadone prescription pills from an unknown person and brought them home. He took one pill and put the other 3 pills in his dresser drawer. A 19-month-old baby in the house ingested one of the pills, and became very ill. The baby was taken to LRMC, where he tested positive for methadone, and was then transported to Tampa General Hospital for further testing. Per medical staff, the baby will be treated with medication to counteract the methadone and is expected to make a full recovery.  

Post-Miranda, Cross told deputies he may have dropped one of the pills, which is how the baby ingested it. Deputies recovered one pill at Cross' home during a search of the residence. When asked where the fourth pill was, Cross told deputies he (Cross) took the pill before taking the baby to the hospital. 

Per Florida Statute 119 the baby's identity, as a victim of child neglect,  is confidential and exempt from public record.

Cross was arrested without incident and booked into the Polk County Jail on the aforementioned charges. Cross has been in the Polk County Jail on six prior occasions, for possession of marijuana, aggravated fleeing to elude, resisting arrest, leaving the scene of a crash, petit theft, grand theft, and VOP.