A Carroll County, Kentucky, woman was arrested after her 8-month-old son overdosed on heroin on Saturday.
WAVE 3 reports that Child Protective Services (CPS) called the Kentucky State Police (KSP) after doctors treated an 8-month-old boy at the Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville, and determined that the infant overdosed on methamphetamine. His mother, Summer Starks, 28, was arrested on June 9 and charged with possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and wanton endangerment.
The baby was treated and successfully recovered. He’s now in the custody of his great-grandmother, Nina Madden. Starks has a 10-year-old daughter who was also placed in the care of her great-grandmother.
“They mean everything to me,” Madden said. “There’s no excuse for it, really. I just pray that things will go well and she will get all the help that she needs.”
KSP Trooper Josh Lawson said that meth was found on the floor of Starks’ home and that children being exposed to drugs continues to be a statewide problem in Kentucky.
“We all know how children are and the first thing they’re going to do is put something in their mouths. And it just so happened in this case to be illegal drugs. It’s readily accessible for a child that’s less than a year old to get access to. It’s pretty horrifying.”
Madden stressed that although it will likely happen, she doesn’t think people should pass judgment on Starks, since “it can happen to anyone.”
“Please do not pass judgment. It can happen to the very best of families and I have seen it happen.”
Starks was taken to the Carroll County Detention Center. According to the jail, she doesn’t have a bond, at least as of Tuesday.