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Gadsden woman, 22, charged with chemical endangerment of child

Derrica Ann Bruce (Source: Etowah Co. Sheriff's Dept.) Derrica Ann Bruce (Source: Etowah Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
ETOWAH COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

A 22-year-old pregnant Gadsden woman is charged with one count of chemical endangerment of a child.

Etowah County Sheriff's Deputies got a call about about 3-year-old wandering alone on a street in the Coates Bend Community.

Authorities spent an hour looking for the toddler's guardian, according to Sheriff Todd Entrekin.

Deputies were able to find the address and went into the home when they saw someone lying in a chair.

Derrica Ann Bruce, who is pregnant, told deputies that she had been smoking an illegal substance.

Bruce also faces a charge of endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

She is in the Etowah County Detention Center on a $12,000 cash bond.

The Etowah County Department of Human Resources is involved in the case.

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