Stacey Carreras, 26, and Eric Estrada, 30, now face four counts of negligent child abuse, according to a news release from the Las Cruces Police Department.
Both had been on probation stemming from previous child abuse charges under similar circumstances, according to court records.
Detectives from the department began investigating the couple in late March when state Child Protective Services found reason to believe Carreras and Estrada were continuing to smoke cocaine in violation of their probation, said Dan Trujillo, a spokesman for the police department.
Detectives discovered that both had smoked cocaine in their home while the children were there.
All four children’s hair tested positive for cocaine. It’s likely it came from second-hand smoke, Trujillo said.
A spokesman for the state Children Youth and Families Department said the children, ages 1, 2, 5 and 8, are in state custody.
Carreras and Estrada were charged separately in June 2011 with three counts each of child abuse or abandonment, according to court records. Both pleaded guilty.
Estrada was sentenced to probation in December, and Carreras was given the same sentence March 26, according to court records.
Both are being held at the Doña Ana County Detention Center in lieu of a $25,000 cash-only bond.
— This article appeared on page C2 of the Albuquerque Journal