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Mom on cocaine binge gives birth in Ocala motel tub

OCALA — An infant was in critical condition on a ventilator days after his mother said she gave birth in an Ocala motel bathtub while on a crack cocaine binge, authorities said.

Department of Children & Families spokeswoman Kristi Gray says the agency has taken custody of the baby and his 11-month-old brother. The baby was born prematurely Friday night.

The Ocala Star-Banner reported 37-year-old Chrystal A. Hassell called 911 after the baby started turning blue. She was arrested on child neglect charges. Officials said she’s on suicide watch at the Marion County Jail.

Hassell says she didn’t know she was pregnant until March.

Boyfriend Vincent Terry, who is also in jail, told the newspaper the couple attended a court hearing Tuesday to determine the status of the children.

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