According to law enforcement, the child was rushed to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson NJ in the middle of the night with some kind of medical emergency. While testing the child, doctors at the medical facility determined that the kid had been exposed to marijuana. Hospital staff members then alerted the Paterson Police Department, which dispatched police officers to the scene to investigate.
The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Paterson Police Department conducted a joint investigation into the possible case of child abuse. Investigators have not yet revealed whether the child merely came into contact with the illegal drugs or ingested the pot.
While it remains possible that the parents of the kid could be charged with drug offenses, one of the most severe consequences of the alleged child abuse could be loss of custody. That’s because the NJ Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P), which used to be known as the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS), is also conducting an investigation.
For additional information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “Police Investigate After Child, 3, Tests Positive for Marijuana.”