Dad of girl sickened by meth: 'supposed to be protecting my baby'

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Chris Davidson expressed grief Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, while talking about his young daughter who was sickened by methamphetamine.
TAFT, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A Taft father said he wants to tell his side of the story after his toddler is exposed to methamphetamine. Chris Davidson said he never saw his wife with drugs, but she gave him conflicting versions of what happened.

Police are still investigating how the child came in contact with the drug, but Davidson wants to know when the little girl got sick and why his wife took off.

"If she was innocent, she would have been at the hospital with me, day and night," the father told Eyewitness News on Tuesday.

Davidson said last Wednesday, he and his wife were back and forth between a house they're trying to move into and a place the family was staying at with some friends.

At that house on Woodrow, the parents started noticing the child was "acting funny." Davidson said he suggested giving the toddler a bath but the symptoms got worse.

She was throwing up, the father said, and then her breathing got shallow. By this time, the mother, Gina Barrios, had left.

"The mother of my daughter said, "I'm leaving, I can't deal with it,'" the father said. He's the one who called 911 and went with the child in the ambulance to a Bakersfield hospital.

Once there, a doctor told Davidson that a urine sample showed methamphetamine in the child's system.

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

He also was angry and hurt.

Davidson said he heard from Barrios very early Saturday morning, and he then told police she was staying at a hotel in Bakersfield.

What did the mother say about the child getting into meth?

"She denied the crank was hers," Davidson said. "But everyone in the house was clean."

Taft police told Eyewitness News that officers checked the house on Woodrow and found no problems, no drugs, and no one in the house showed symptoms of being under the influence of drugs.

Davidson said Barrios did admit drug use the day before the child got sick.

"Earlier that day she told me she did a line of crank the night before," he said.

Police said they found Barrios at the hotel in Bakersfield and talked to her on Saturday.

At this point, they have no cause to arrest anyone for the incident. But, they are working on some leads and hope anyone with information will call them.

Davidson said he married Barrios in 2009. At the time, he thought she had some involvement with drugs but hoped to steer her away from that.

The father also said he had a problem with drugs six or seven years ago, but he's been clean and sober since then.

He's also worried about comments on Facebook blaming him for the incident with his child. However, some posts appear to be from Barrios' relatives, which hold her accountable for what happened.

And one post appears to be from Barrios, where she said she's going into sober living.

Davidson said Child Protective Services contacted him at the hospital and said he was clear to be with the little girl. He said two days ago he was given a drug test and came back clean. However, police said those test results are not back yet.

The little girl is doing much better, the father said.

"She's doing fine, she's playing," Davidson said. "She was talking, she acknowledged who I was."

The child spent three days in intensive care, then some more time in the hospital. But she's been released now.

However, the child was placed in protective custody. Davidson said he wants to get her back with him. The father said he wants his wife to get help, and he wants justice for his child.

"I'm willing to do anything I can," Davidson said. "Anything in my power to make sure that baby comes home to her rightful father."