By Mikhaila Friel

A couple from Venice, Florida, has been charged with child neglect after a 21-month-old boy in their care overdosed on cocaine earlier this year.

Deputies were called to the home of Kaitlyn Van Dorn, 33, and Blake Pavey, 35, on January 8 after the boy was reported to be unconscious and not breathing, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s office said in a statement on its website.

Naloxone, designed to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, was used on the child after it was suspected that he might have consumed narcotics.

“When we get there, the female defendant who’s in the home says, ‘He put something in his mouth while we were on a walk, I don’t know what it was,'” Sarasota County Sheriff’s office community affairs director Kaitlyn Perez told Fox News.

Couple arrested after 21-month-old overdoses on cocaine, Sarasota deputies say

Van Dorn told deputies that the child had been picking up rocks around the neighborhood using a teal bucket, which was later found inside the home containing a silver spoon and tissue – both items consistent with the ingestion of narcotics – according to the statement from the Sheriff’s office.

Perez told Fox News that it is now believed that Van Dorn lied about going for a walk with the boy and that the cocaine was ingested inside the home.

“Then, we looked through video at different houses and businesses nearby to see what time she went on the walk. Did we see where the child picked something up? None of it ever happened.

She never went on a walk. We’re 100% certain on that,” Perez said. “So, we’re confident that he ingested the cocaine inside the house at some point.”

A warrant for Van Dorn and Pavey’s arrests was issued on Saturday, and both were taken into custody. Pavey was released on a $15,000 bond while Van Dorn remains in custody without bond due to a Violation of Probation charge.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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