LARGO – A Largo woman was arrested June 18, two days after a 14-month-old boy ingested methadone while in her care.
Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives with the Crimes Against Children Unit say that Debra Denae Barberee, 24, knew that the child had taken the drug but didn’t call for help for several hours. Detectives say when medical personnel responded, the child was unresponsive and not breathing. He was transported to Mease Countryside Hospital and later transferred to All Children’s Hospital where he is listed in stable condition.
Detectives were called to All Children’s Hospital June 17 in reference to a 14-month-old child with Methadone in his system.
Barberee was on probation for possession of a controlled substance until Aug. 13, 2013, detectives said.
According to jail records she was arrested by Pinellas Park Police Nov. 26, 2009, and charged with possession of oxycodone, retail theft and possession of alprazolam. Sheriff’s deputies arrested her on the same charges in June 2010. Her most recent prior arrest was Feb. 28, 2012, when she charged with leaving the scene of an crash with damages, for not having a valid driver’s license, resisting arrest without violence and possession of oxycodone.