CRIME
02/06/2013 10:50 am ET Updated Feb 06, 2013

Ashley Curtis Fed Baby Son Cake For Breakfast, Neglected Him While She Did Drugs: Police

A 1-year-old boy sat in his high chair for hours as his mother passed out from the drugs she'd taken. She woke up only to smoke or feed the baby cake and Oreos for every meal.

Investigators say 23-year-old Ashley N. Curtis, of Lantana, Fla., neglected and abused her baby son, and was only caught when she overdosed on Roxicodone pills and had to be taken to the hospital, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Unidentified witnesses told Lantana police that Curtis is a "chronic drug user of opiate pills," and that she regularly left her baby in his high chair for long periods of time, according to WPBF. She also allegedly fed the boy one bottle of milk, cake and oreos for his meals and left him in the bathtub alone, NBC News reports.

When the boy would misbehave, the witness said, Curtis claimed he was doing it on purpose to annoy her, and she reportedly told the witness -- who lives in the home -- that her son was faking an illness that kept him sick for three weeks. Deputies told WPBF that she's never bought medicine for him.

She was arrested at the hospital and released on $1,500 bail. She faces a charge of cruelty toward a child.

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