Doctors find drugs in 2-year-old’s system

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 20, 2011



LAPLACE – St. John the Baptist Parish sheriff’s investigators are trying to determine how a 2-year-old LaPlace boy came to have marijuana and the prescription drug Adderall in his system.

The boy was taken to Ochsner Hospital in Kenner early Sunday morning after the boy’s mother said he was experiencing “abnormal behavior,” according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Dane Clement.

Clement said St. John Parish sheriff’s deputies were called to the hospital emergency room just after 5:30 a.m. after tests showed the presence of Adderall, a drug typically used to treat attention-deficit disorder, and marijuana in the boy’s system. Clement said the boy was treated and released from the hospital.

Clement said the boy’s mother told deputies she had found an Adderall pill on her dining room floor near where the boy had been eating earlier in the evening. She said she has a prescription for the drug that she keeps in her purse and that her purse was on the dining room table.

Authorities are still investigating how the boy might have ingested the marijuana and how he came in contact with the drug. Clement said appropriate charges for the individuals responsible will be made at the conclusion of the investigation based on the detectives’ findings. The Department for Children and Family Services will also be notified of the incident.