PADUCAH, Ky. (FOX 56) — Police are searching for a Kentucky couple after bringing a child to an emergency room who tested positive for cocaine.

Paducah Police Department said on Sunday a 2-year-old child was brought into the ER lethargic, coming in and out of consciousness, and having trouble breathing. After running tests, she was shown to have cocaine in her system.


Chrishell Burns, 27, and 27-year-old Jakyron Burnside, both of Paducah, were charged in a warrant with second-degree criminal abuse, and two counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance — cocaine and methamphetamine.

Police said Burns brought the child to the hospital where she was given Narcan and flown to an out-of-state hospital for further treatment. The department reports the child did regain consciousness and is recovering.

During an interview at the hospital the next day Burns and Burnside denied using illegal drugs, but police said a search of their home found 2.5 grams of cocaine in a plastic bag, a container of what tested positive as meth, and a small amount of marijuana.

The child and three other children living in the home were removed by a Social Services representative, but Burns and Burnside have not been arrested. Police said they have been unable to locate either parent.

Anyone with information about Burns’ or Burnside’s location is asked to contact the Paducah Police Department at 270-444-8550.