Parents arrested in case of meth-sickened girl

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) The parents of a Taft toddler sickened by methamphetamine have been arrested.

Chris Davidson and Gina Barrios were taken into custody Friday at a motel on South Union Avenue in Bakersfield, according to Taft police. They each face possible charges of willful cruelty to a child and obstruction of justice.

Davidson, 32, also faces a possible accessory charge, because he's accused of lying to investigators and the media about the mother's whereabouts.

The 2-year-old girl was rushed to a hospital Aug. 15 when her father said he noticed she was "acting funny." The child spent "three days of hell" in the intensive care unit, Davidson told Eyewitness News in an interview Aug. 20.

The girl was reportedly throwing up and had shallow breathing. Barrios, 38, reportedly took off after the child became ill.

"The mother of my daughter said, 'I'm leaving, I can't deal with it,'" the father told Eyewitness News on Aug. 21.

Davidson told Eyewitness News that he called 911 and went with his daughter in the ambulance to a Bakersfield hospital. Once there, Davidson recalled a doctor telling him that a urine sample showed methamphetamine in the child's system.

"I was ashamed, embarrassed," Davidson told Eyewitness News. "I'm the one that's supposed to be protecting my baby."

Davidson told Eyewitness News that he didn't hear from the mother until several days after his daughter got sick. He also said he reported Barrios' location to police.

Police on Friday indicated Davidson knew where Barrios was earlier than he reported.

Investigators still haven't publicly said how the child was exposed to meth. Davidson indicated his wife, whom he called a drug user, was responsible.

"She denied the crank was hers," Davidson told Eyewitness News, adding that Barrios "told me she did a line of crank the night before."

Arrest warrants were issued following two weeks of investigation, police said.

Both parents are listed as "transient from Taft." Bail for Barrios is listed at $75,000, and bail for Davidson is $115,000.