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05/01/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Araceli Gutierrez Charged With Leaving Cocaine In Her Toddler's Sock

Araceli Gutierrez of East Chicago, Ind. is facing felony charges of neglect after her 3-year-old son was found with cocaine in his sock.

Gutierrez left her son with her sister on January 22, according to the Post-Tribune of Northwest Indiana, and never said when she would be back for him. The boy's aunt bathed him, and as she was dressing him in the clothes his mother left, she found a clear wrapper filled with white powder tucked in his sock.

According to the Post-Tribune, this is not the first blemish on Gutierrez's parenting record. In 2008, she was reportedly charged with child neglect when her son was found alone on a rooftop. Gutierrez was asleep in her apartment.

Neglect of a dependent is a Class D felony in Indiana; if convicted, Gutierrez would serve a minimum of six months and a maximum of three years in prison.