A couple is behind bars, accused of leaving cocaine powder near baby formula and a gun atop a board game in a child’s room, according to an arrest report read aloud in court.
Pierre-Louis is charged with cocaine trafficking, manufacturing and aggravated child abuse. Jonca is facing similar charges, plus possession of a weapon by a violent career criminal. Both were being held without bond, Broward jail records show.
At her first court appearance Thursday, Pierre-Louis said that she has three children, including a 1-month-old girl with Jonca.
“[The baby girl] lives in the residence with you and the items in the kitchen cabinet and counter used to manufacture crack cocaine were in the same vicinity as the baby’s formula,” Broward Judge John “Jay” Hurley said, reading from the arrest report.
A loaded handgun was found in her 10-year-old daughter’s bedroom closet on top of a children’s board game, Hurley said. “That’s extremely serious,” Hurley said.
At Jonca’s court appearance, Hurley pointed out the length and severity of Jonca’s criminal history and the seriousness of the new charges. “So you’re going to face double the punishment on all these matters,” the judge said.
The children were placed in protective custody with the state, officials said.