Man arrested after 8-month-old child exposed to cocaine in Burlington

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BURLINGTON, N.C. – A man in Burlington was arrested after police said an 8-month-old child was exposed to cocaine, according to a Burlington police press release.

Gary Donnell Cotton, 38, of Burlington, was jailed in Alamance County in lieu of a $25,000 bond on a charge of felony child abuse.

Officers were informed at about 1 a.m. Sunday of an 8-month-old child being treated at Alamance Regional Medical Center, according to police.

The child came into contact with cocaine while in the custody of a relative, according to Burlington police. Police did not specifically say how the child came in contact with the drug.

The child has since been treated and released from the hospital.

Police said the Alamance County Department of Social Services was contacted, responded and assisted in the investigation.

Police said this case does not appear to be connected to the recent string of drug overdoses in Burlington. There is no indication that the cocaine was tainted with opiates or fentanyl, police said.

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