CPS takes custody of abandoned Nacogdoches baby

Jodi Strahan (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)
Jodi Strahan (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Child Protective Services has taken custody of a one-month-old infant who authorities say was abandoned by his mother and forced into the care of an acquaintance while she was heavily intoxicated.

CPS spokeswoman Shari Pulliam said a judge granted the temporary custody to the agency on Wednesday and CPS placed the baby in a foster home.

According to an arrest affidavit, deputies were dispatched to the Memorial Hospital ER Tuesday night. A deputy spoke to a woman, who said she met Jodi Strahan, 26, of Nacogdoches, who she only knew as Jodi, at her home with the infant. Strahan was with her boyfriend, Norman Gayle McDonald Jr., 47, and according to the affidavit, they told the woman to take the baby because they could not handle him.

The woman said the couple were so intoxicated that they could not stand up. Strahan left a diaper bag with the woman but did not give instructions or contact information to her. The woman said she was in fear for the baby's safety so she took him before the couple drove off in a pickup.

Minutes after they left, the woman believed the infant to be ill due to his constant crying and congested breathing, so she had a neighbor drive her and the baby to the ER.

As the deputy was obtaining information, he heard over the radio that a DPS trooper had stopped a vehicle and made three arrests, one of which was Strahan.

The deputy spoke with the trooper, who said Strahan was going to jail for possession of marijuana and McDonald was going to the ER for a blood draw on a DWI investigation. That is when the woman was able to identify McDonald as the man who was with Strahan.

Pulliam said another hearing would be held in a couple weeks to determine future care for the baby.

"She was in the custody of a relative for a little while, but that relative said she could not care for him over the long term," Pulliam said.

Jail records show McDonald was also charged with third-degree DWI third or more and Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Strahan was also charged with Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

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