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Parents arrested after 1-year-old tests positive for meth

Posted at 10:30 AM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-02 10:30:41-04

HENRY COUNTY — A man and a woman were arrested after their 1-year-old girl tested positive for methamphetamine.

The investigation began on September 30 when officers with the New Castle Police Department was called in reference to a couple who were at the Department of Child Services to discuss the use of methamphetamine in their home.

According to court documents filed against the pair, the father had admitted to using meth and being addicted to it and the mother claimed she had never used the drug. Testing done at the DCS office came back positive for the mother and negative for the father.

After being questioned by police, the couple agreed to a K-9 sniff-search of their vehicle. During that search, the officer located a bag of a "crystal like substance" and a hypodermic syringe. The crystal tested positive for methamphetamine using a nartek field test kit, according to those court documents.

After arresting the couple, DCS their 1-year-old was taken to Henry County Hospital for a medical assessment. DCS later notified police that the toddler had tested positive for methamphetamine. The other two children, ages 10 and 12, were also taken into custody by DCS.

The couple are both facing charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of a syringe and neglect of a dependent.

The case remains under investigation.