- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

FOLEY, Minn. (AP) - A toddler has been removed from a home in Benton County because authorities allege the child and the youngster’s parents have tested positive for drugs

A criminal complaint charges Nicole Kathryn McKay, 26, and Matthew Mark Dennis, 34, with allowing their 21-month-old child to ingest methamphetamine and with storing the drug in the presence of a child.

Authorities allege the parents admitted to using drugs prior to the death of a second child who officials determined died accidentally of positional asphyxiation. Benton County Human Services stepped in when police investigated the death and said they found meth and drug paraphernalia in the home, according to the St. Cloud Times (https://on.sctimes.com/1oMU21Q ).

Hair samples from McKay, Dennis and the toddler were tested. Those tests showed that the child tested positive for meth, heroin and oxycodone, according to the criminal complaint. McKay and Dennis tested positive for amphetamines, methamphetamine and opiates, it said.

The county filed a petition alleging that the toddler is in need of protection or services from the county. McKay and Dennis admitted the surviving child was in need of protection or services because of their abuse of prescription medication, according to Benton County Attorney Phillip Miller.

Attorneys for the couple were not listed in online court records.


Information from: St. Cloud Times, https://www.sctimes.com

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