South Dakota sued af­ter test­ing boy, 3, for drugs

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Sioux Falls, S.D. — The Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union sued South Dakota on Thurs­day over the forced use of a catheter to take a urine sam­ple from a 3-year-old boy who was be­ing tested for ex­po­sure to drugs as part of a child-ne­glect in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The ACLU filed a pair of fed­eral law­suits chal­leng­ing the prac­tice, say­ing it vi­o­lated the con­sti­tu­tional rights of the boy as well as five adults who un­der­went the same pro­ce­dure in sep­a­rate cases.

“Sub­ject­ing any­one to forcible catheter­i­za­tion, es­pe­cially a tod­dler, to col­lect ev­i­dence when there are less in­tru­sive means avail­able is un­con­scionable,” said Heather Smith, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the ACLU of South Dakota.

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