Clovis mother charged after cocaine found in baby

Dona Ana authorities are holding a 37-year-old Clovis woman after her 10-month-old boy tested positive for cocaine.

Las Cruces police say Cecelia Lynn Aranda was charged with one count of negligent child abuse Friday and is being held at the Dona Ana County Detention Center with a cash-only bond of $15,000.

Police and the New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department had been jointly investigating the possibility that Aranda was using cocaine in front of her son.

Authorities say the boy subsequently tested positive for cocaine and has been placed in protective custody.
Las Cruces police department spokesman Dan Trujillo said Aranda’s last known address was in Clovis but she has also been known to live in Las Cruces.

Trujillo said he was not aware of how cocaine came to enter the child’s system, but that, “she did admit the child was in her presence when she did cocaine.”