A Phoenix woman was arrested on Friday on child abuse related charges. 

Police responded to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital for reports of a 3-year-old who had tested positive for methamphetamines. 

Sihesia Moser, 43, was identified as the child’s grandmother, who had been watching the child since the day before the child was admitted into the hospital, according to court documents. 

Moser told hospital staff the child was acting “lethargic and weird.” 

The child was brought to the hospital at around 9:25 a.m. and later tested positive for methamphetamine. Doctors at the hospital also believed that the child may have been exposed to fentanyl based on the symptoms and behaviors observed, according to court documents. 

Moser told hospital staff she had Percocet pills in a medicine cabinet and believed the child may have gotten into them that way. Percocet does not contain methamphetamine, amphetamines or fentanyl. 

Phoenix police later interviewed the child’s mother who told officers she thought her mother was not using drugs since she was on probation.

However, Moser did have two outstanding felony warrants due to probation violations related to her charges. 

During her police interview after she was arrested, she admitted that she went to the bathroom to smoke methamphetamine. While she was in the bathroom, the child entered the bathroom holding a silicone case that kept her Percocet pills, according to court documents. 

Moser told police she decided to take the child to the hospital after she found out the child had taken some of the pills from the container. 

Moser was eventually booked into Maricopa County jail on suspicion of one count of reckless child abuse in addition to both of her felony warrants.  A preliminary hearing is set for August 2, according to court documents. 

Reach breaking news reporter Amaris Encinas at [email protected] or on Twitter @amarisencinas.

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