Texas: Hispanic woman accused of giving her one-year-old baby cocaine

Elaine Salsberry, 29, has a warrant for her arrest in Texas after her one-year-old baby tested positive for drugs at a pediatrician check...

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  • Elaine Salsberry, 29, has a warrant for her arrest in Texas after her one-year-old baby tested positive for drugs at a pediatrician checkup.
  • The minor’s father decided to turn himself in to the Laredo Police Department for the same crime.
  • However, the woman is a fugitive and the authorities need the help of the community to stop her.

Hispanic Elaine Salsberry has an arrest warrant in Texas for allegedly giving her one-year-old baby cocaine.

Salsberry, 29, is wanted by the Laredo Police Department (LPD) after her one-year-old son tested positive for cocaine.

The arrest warrant against Salsberry, who is identified as Hispanic, lists her as allegedly responsible for the charges of abandoning a minor, assault on a minor, putting a minor at risk and domestic violence.

Salsberry’s husband, who is not identified by name, decided to turn himself in to authorities on the morning of Friday, September 25, 2020 and faces the same charges as the woman.

The story by which the LPD is now looking for Salsberry began last Thursday, June 11, 2020 when a report of a child in danger reached the offices of the Child Protection Department (CPS).

Some details of the case are not put in public consultation, by order of a judge, to protect the identity of the minor.

The CPS social workers went to the house marked at 1500 North Arkansas Avenue after receiving a report from a Laredo hospital that informed them that in the child’s pediatric examination, which by law must have minors every year, Doctors had detected traces of cocaine in the minor.

Based on the investigation, the Webb County Prosecutor issued an arrest warrant for Salsberry and her husband. The man decided to surrender to the authorities.

However, the woman is missing and has become a fugitive for a series of serious crimes.

Elaine Salsberry, 29, has a warrant for several felonies against her one-year-old baby. (Photo: Webb County Sheriff’s Office)

According to the arrest warrant for Elaine Salsberry, the woman is 5 feet tall, weighs 119 pounds, has a light brown complexion and black hair.

The woman’s last address is registered at 2400 Milford Court Street, in the northeast of the Laredo metropolitan area, in a neighborhood known as Eastwoods.

The LPD asks that if anyone knows the true whereabouts of the woman they communicate to the non-profit organization Laredo Crime Stoppers at 727.8477.

All leads will be kept anonymous and there is a reward of up to $ 1,000 to anyone who allows the woman’s arrest and who may be hidden in other Texas cities such as Houston, San Antonio, Austin or Dallas.

He Texas State Penal Code details that the charge of putting a minor at risk, only one of those facing Salsberry, carries a penalty of 2 to 20 years in prison.

The photograph that LPD distributed for the community to help detain Elaine Salsberry is from a previous arrest of the woman.

However, authorities did not reveal what crime Salsberry was arrested for and taken to the Webb County Jail. In addition, the documents of your record are not available by order of the judge.

The CPS did not answer the call from MundoHispánico in Texas to explain who has Elaine Salsberry’s son in custody now and why, if the case jumped last June, the arrest warrant went out until September.

Drug to minors

The Elaine Salsberry case is not the first so far in September in which a minor has received drugs from an adult in Texas.

Larissa Contreras, 18, and her boyfriend Thomas Esquivel, 19, were accused of having given the girl’s brother to smoke marijuana and, in addition, they publicized everything on social networks with a video of the minor smoking the drug.

Contreras and Esquivel were detained by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO, for its acronym in English) in San Antonio, after several people alerted authorities about the video in which the boy is seen taking drugs.

Another 16-year-old boy and a friend of the couple was also arrested, but since he is a minor, the authorities cannot reveal his name.

The arrest warrant against the three boys is on the charge of endangering a minor, equal to the crime faced by Salsberry, and they are already in custody facing a process that could lead to several years in jail.

Javier Salazar, the Bexar County Sheriff, said he was able to see the video and was annoyed that the girl and the two young men made a joke of what they were doing to the boy as they began to laugh and sing.

After the boy smoked the marijuana cigarette, he became ill and the three young people realized it but did not reveal anything until they were arrested.

The arrest warrant details that the girl told her little brother to take the cigarette and inhale deeply and then not to release the smoke.

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