Stranger arrested for putting P in toddler's mouth

36-year-old Sayyadina Thomas.
36-year-old Sayyadina Thomas. Photo credit: UC Berkeley Police Department.

A woman who put meth in a toddler's mouth is facing attempted murder charges in Berkeley, California.

The two-year-old boy is recovering in hospital after a stranger walked up to him in the playground and put meth in the child's mouth.

The hospital tested the child and confirmed the presence of the drug in his system.

The child's nanny called for help, but said she checked the child's mouth and didn't find any substances.

Police say the suspect was immediately arrested and admitted intentionally giving meth to the toddler. 

Sayyadina Thomas, a 36-year-old with prior convictions for trespassing, indecent exposure and probation violations, has been placed in custody for psychiatric evaluation.

Locals told media Thomas is a familiar sight at the park. Police said they are also familiar with her and believe she lives in the park.

"It's really sad, that's what it is. Very sad, along with a lot of stuff that probably happens here in the park," said Berkeley resident Joanna Garcia told ABC.

Thomas is due to appear in court on attempted murder charges.