Two parents are facing multiple felony charges after their 2-year-old child tested positive for cocaine and marijuana following a drug raid on their home.
Officers with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on a residence in Colby, Wis., on April 27, finding an array of illicit substances. Police arrested 30-year-old Caleb Quelle and 27-year-old Elizabeth Mollan, who had three children living with them in the home, ages two, six and eight, reported WSAW.
Authorities ultimately seized an unspecified number of pills, heroin and marijuana, along with drug paraphernalia and packaging materials. During a subsequent drug test of the children, the two-year-old came up positive for cocaine.
Quelle and Mollan both face multiple charges including manufacturing and delivering heroin and child neglect. The pair is being held at Clark County Jail on $10,000 bond.
Children are increasingly the victims of rampant drug addiction throughout the country. A mother in Ohio is facing multiple drug charges after her 7-year-old son showed up to school under the influence of cocaine and was hospitalized.
Teachers noticed the child appeared unusually tired when he arrived at North Elementary School in Urbana, Ohio, on April 16 and subsequently became unresponsive during lunch. Paramedics were called and rushed the boy to Urbana Mercy Health Hospital for treatment, where doctors discovered he had cocaine in his system. He was successfully treated and made a full recovery.
The mother showed up at the hospital several hours later and was subsequently arrested by police, who found the unidentified woman to be under the influence of cocaine, methamphetamine, and the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl. She admitted to police she believed her son likely inhaled the drugs in the morning when she left him unattended before school.
“It almost brings a tear to your eye,” said neighbor Benjamin Cash, according to the Independent. “It’s crazy. You got to be thankful for the good staff members and good teachers.”
Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death for Americans under age 50, claiming more than 64,000 lives in 2016.
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