Baby tests positive for marijuana, police investigate


A 7-month-old baby tested positive for marijuana at Dayton Children’s Hospital Tuesday and police are working to determine how the baby ingested the drug, according to a Dayton police report.

Police were called to the hospital around 6:45 p.m. after a social worker reported the baby had a positive test for marijuana in the bloodstream, the report read.

The guardian of the child “told the social workers that she believes the baby could have gotten into the ashtray and ingested some residue,” according to the report.

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A 911 call obtained through a public record request indicated the same guardian, who identified herself as the child’s aunt, called 911 to report the baby seemed tired and acting abnormal after a nap.

“I have my 7-month-old niece with me. She just woke up from a nap, but it’s like now since she’s woke up she’s acting very tired, like she keeps twitching,” the reported guardian of the child told 911 operators.  “I’m kind of scared, because I don’t know what’s going on with her.”

Due to no clear indication of who was responsible for the incident, police said they have not filed charges in the case at this time.

The mother of the child, who told police children’s services took the child from her previously, said the aunt told her she had gone to the store while the baby was sleeping.  A friend of the aunt was reportedly watching the child while the aunt went to the store, according to the report.

A detective has been assigned to the case to continue the investigation.


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