Infant Boy Tests Positive for Methamphetamine, KY Woman Under Arrest
A woman in Lexington, KY, has been arrested after her one-year-old son was admitted to a hospital and methamphetamine and other drugs were discovered in his system.
A statement issued by the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office revealed that at around 11 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11, Brandy Mosko, 36, brought her 12-month-old infant to a home in Laurel County where methamphetamine was in use.
While at the residence, the child became ill, so his mother brought him into the emergency room at St. Joseph London. He was later moved to Kentucky Children’s Hospital in Lexington. According to the sheriff’s office, the infant tested positive for meth, amphetamine, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen.
The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office was informed about the case on Wednesday by social services, but Mosko’s address and current location were unknown.
Mosko was located Thursday, June 13 and arrested in East Bernstadt at around 5:30 p.m. She was taken to the Lauren County Detention Center. She is being charged with 1st-degree criminal abuse of a child under age 12.
The sheriff’s office reported that Mosko admitted she was a meth user and that she was “aware the residence she took her son to had potential hazards.”
What Are The Potential Effects Of Meth Exposure To A Child?
According to research published by the National Institute of Health’s National Center for Biotechnology Information, children who are exposed to meth (referred to as a “highly psychoactive stimulant”) may incur “psychosis, seizures, and death from accidental ingestion.”
Also, the authors state that children of methamphetamine users “are the victims of their parents’ drug-focused lifestyles, which are often characterized by neglect, physical or sexual abuse, domestic violence, and other criminal activities.”
Finally, children of parents who are dependent on drugs are “at high-risk to continue intergenerational patterns of drug abuse, criminal behaviors, and neglectful parenting.”
~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology