The father of a boy who almost died after ingesting cocaine when he was 2-years-old, allegedly over a 14-month period, says he never gave his son drugs.

“Did you ever expose him and have him ingest or otherwise give him cocaine?” Crown prosecutor Josh Levy asked the 26-year-old man on the first day of his ex-girlfriend’s trial.
“No,” replied the father, a former crack cocaine dealer, now a York University criminology student. He cannot be identified to protect the identity of their son.

The mother, 26, pleaded not guilty yesterday to five charges, including aggravated assault, administering a noxious substance and failing to provide the necessities of life.

Levy told Justice Tamarin Dunnet doctors treating the boy for a cocaine overdose in August 2005 found several broken ribs in various stages of healing. Tests on one of his hairs showed he had been exposed to cocaine for 14 months, he said.
The trial continues today.

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