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Georgia authorities are searching for a toddler's grandmother and her boyfriend after the 13-month-old was found to have ingested cocaine.

The toddler's mom brought him to Piedmont Newnan Hospital on Saturday, near his grandmother's Palmetto, Ga., home. He was transferred and admitted to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, where doctors confirmed he had cocaine in his system, reported Atlanta's WSBTV.com.

Police were told the boy, whose name was not released, ingested the cocaine at the home where his grandmother lives with her boyfriend. Warrants for Ebony Daniel, 34, and her boyfriend, Charlie Martin, 22, were issued Monday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The toddler's 17-year-old mother is considered a witness and hasn't been charged, Sgt. Lee Gragg of the Palmetto Police Department told the newspaper.

Toxicology reports to determine how much cocaine the boy ingested have not been returned yet, but the child had been released from the hospital after spending two nights there, investigators said Monday. He is expected to survive.

Police searched Daniel and Martin's apartment, trying to piece together what happened.

"We do know from speaking to a couple of witnesses that the cocaine was sitting open on the table," Sgt. Gragg said, reported myfoxatlanta.com.

Daniel and Martin face charges of possession of cocaine, cruelty to children in the first degree, and reckless conduct, according to The Journal-Constitution. So far, neither has been arrested.

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