Authorities: 2-day-old baby tests positive for meth

Source: WOOD

PAW PAW TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Van Buren County authorities are seeking charges against two people after a 2-day-old baby allegedly tested positive for methamphetamine.

The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office says it was contacted by a Children’s Protective Services about the baby who tested positive for drugs and asked for help checking on the baby. The baby, they found, was being cared for by another adult separate from where the parents lived.

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When deputies went the baby’s parents house just north of Paw Paw with CPS to speak to them, they found reason to believe there was drug activity happening there. They tried to get the residents’ consent for a search, but they refused.

Around 11 p.m. Tuesday, the sheriff’s office narcotics unit executed a search warrant at the residence in the 51000 block of 35 1/2 Street off 51st Ave. in Paw Paw Township.

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Inside, the sheriff’s office said, its officers found six one-pot meth lab reaction vessels, two jars containing suspected meth oil, marijuana, items used in the making of meth and meth paraphernalia — including some inside a clothes dryer.

The sheriff’s office says it is seeking charges of operating and maintaining a meth lab, possession of meth and marijuana, maintaining a drug house and child abuse against both parents, a 35-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman.

Neither suspect has yet been arrested.

CPS is investigating the baby’s welfare.

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