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Woman accused of huffing gas near toddler

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By Buster Thompson

An Inverness woman is facing a charge of child neglect after being accused of huffing gasoline while a toddler was present.

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies met Wednesday with witnesses who said they returned to their Inverness home, opened their garage door and saw their daughter 34-year-old Stephanie Nichole Gazica inhaling from a gas can while a small child was with her, Gazica’s arrest report states.

Another child was playing in his room while Gazica was in the garage.

Gazica confirmed to authorities that she was inhaling gas while the boy was in the garage, adding she often inhales gasoline to become impaired, her arrest report states.

CCSO arrested and charged Gazica with one count of child abuse without causing great bodily harm. Gazica’s bond was set at $2,000.

Contact Chronicle reporter Buster Thompson at 352-564-2916 or bthompson@chronicleonline.com.