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Infant Gets A Hold Of Something Mom Left Out - Now, He's In The Hospital

An 8-month-old boy is in the hospital and his mother is in police custody after the child ingested illegal drugs. Police in Kentucky were called after concerned family members rushed the baby to the hospital. Doctors suspected he swallowed meth, and his 28-year-old mother is believed to be the owner of the drugs that nearly killed him.

Summer Stark is being held on a $10,000 bond and is facing charges of wanton endangerment, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The 28-year-old has also temporarily lost custody of her 10-year-old daughter and 8-month-old son after her young boy ingested methamphetamine in the home.

According to reports, the child ingested the drug at his mother's residence in Louisville on Friday. The details are unclear, but apparently a family member brought the infant to the Norton Children's Hospital when they noted that he was acting strangely and they worried about his health. The child was treated and released on the same day, but the hospital notified child protective services. Child protective services then notified police.

One neighbor says she was stunned when she heard the event unfolding. She happened to be listening to her police scanner at the time when she recognized an address. Police were sent to her neighbor's house to search for narcotics. They found meth and drug paraphernalia.

"It just broke my heart," said the neighbor to WLKY. "I mean, how could anyone have that around little kids? This is a small town, so you hear about it everywhere. But for a little child? You hear (about) adults and teenagers, but a baby? Oh no. It just can't believe it. It's sad."

"There's been stories throughout my travels in the state of children finding illicit substances and things of that nature, but not one 8 months of age that had to be hospitalized," said Trooper Josh Lawson. "It's in the home and it's readily accessible for a child less than a year old to get access to. It's pretty horrifying."

Stark was promptly arrested as child protective services swooped in and collected her daughter. At this point, it's unclear where the children have been placed.

As illegal drug use hits epidemic proportions, more and more child overdoses are being reported. Some have tragic results. In April, a toddler in Florida accidentally ingested his mother's methadone, a narcotic that is, ironically, used to treat narcotic addictions.

The terrified mother was afraid of getting in trouble with the law, so instead of calling 911, she hopped on the internet and started researching ways to counteract a methadone overdose. She was advised by someone on the internet to inject her child with methamphetamine to counterbalance the methadone, advice that proved fatal.

In another case in Arkansas, a 10-month-old baby living with her mother and grandmother got a hold of her grandmother’s meth and ingested it. She died of an overdose, and both her mother and grandmother faced criminal charges.

Source: New York Post
Photo: Carroll County Detention Center, Kentucky State Police/Facebook

Kentucky State Police reported the arrest on Facebook.

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