Baby in­gests co­caine and mar­i­huana

Par­ents charged af­ter doc­tors re­port case to po­lice

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Dave Jones djones@cb­news.es

THE PAR­ENTS of a 15-mon­thold baby, who was found to have con­sumed co­caine and mar­i­huana, have been ar­rested.

Po­lice con­firmed to state news agency EFE that a 17year-old woman and 21-year-old man from Elda were de­tained for aban­don­ing a child and caus­ing in­juries.

The po­lice ac­tion comes af­ter the young par­ents took their baby to Ali­cante gen­eral hos­pi­tal last week.

Ac­cord­ing to EFE, the child was suf­fer­ing from an ‘in­tox­i­ca­tion’ and doc­tors de­cided to carry out tests to find the cause of the prob­lem.

These re­vealed that the baby had swal­lowed co­caine and mar­i­huana.

This in­for­ma­tion was passed on to the po­lice and an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was launched.

Fol­low­ing sev­eral days’ treat­ment, the child was well enough to be dis­charged from hos­pi­tal.

How­ever, the re­gional gov­ern­ment de­cided that the baby should be taken into the care of so­cial ser­vices.

Deputy pres­i­dent of the Va­len­cia re­gion. Mónica Ol­tra said the child would re­main in care while an as­sess­ment was car­ried out of the par­ents and their home life by so­cial ser­vices.

They will then de­cide whether the baby will be re­turned to the par­ents or taken into care on a per­ma­nent ba­sis.

Sra Ol­tra ex­plained that the child’s health is im­prov­ing ‘but it is im­por­tant that it has sta­bil­ity while it is re­cov­er­ing’.

A po­lice spokesman said the par­ents have been charged and re­leased un­til their case is dealt with by the courts.

Mónica Ol­tra

The baby was treated in Ali­cante

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