When police opened the door of apartment 2B at 100 Pierce St. Sunday night, they were greeted by the smell of marijuana.
Minutes earlier, a 9-month-old baby girl had been found floating lifeless in the apartment's bathtub. Now authorities are investigating whether drug use may have contributed to the suspected neglect that ended in young Kelis Gilmore's death.
The young girl's mother, 26-year-old Cheyenne Holmes, charged with child endangerment and drug possession, is also being probed by the city's Administration for Children's Services. Law enforcement sources say the agency has previously investigated her children's welfare.
Detectives believe Ms. Holmes had drawn a bath for Kelis, then left the baby unattended.
Kelis' 7-year-old brother discovered her floating in the tub at about 10:30 p.m., according to Kenneth Marks, a neighbor in the Concord building who tried to resuscitate the child. Her young sister was also present in the apartment, and may have been in the bathroom at some point, Marks said.
Early today, police arrested Ms. Holmes on three counts of child endangerment, a misdemeanor that could mean up to a year in jail.
Cops added another charge this afternoon -- fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony punishable by one to two and a half years in prison if she's convicted at trial.
Though she has not yet been formally charged by prosecutors, an initial police report alleges that Ms. Holmes "did intentionally neglect her three children, one of them subsequently died."
Still, a police source revealed Ms. Holmes has a history with ACS, for a past marijuana incident.
Ms. Holmes has a background that includes misdemeanor arrests dating to 2002 ranging from petit larceny to assault and harassment to possession of stolen property, a law enforcement source said.
In 2005, police arrested her on charges of possessing marijuana and paraphernalia, but that case was subsequently dismissed, the source said.