Busted for drugs with a baby in the house.
That's what happened to a young mother in Huntington last night when police raided the house she was in.
Also inside that house, her two-month old daughter. That baby girl was immediately taken into protective custody. Tonight, a look at what happens to the young children caught in the middle of the dangerous world of drug abuse.
It's a heartbreaking sight--a two month old baby carried from the scene of a drug bust.
It’s of particular concern because there was a two-month-old in the room where drug activity going on near knives and needles,” said Chris Chiles, Cabell County Prosecutor.
In most drug busts, the children are out of the house. But, in the rare cases where they're home, the procedures are quick and clear.
“CPS has always come and taken child in emergency custody,” said Chiles.
“They can be from 2 days old to 18 years old, we want to get them out of that home for their safety. If it’s a drug bust or meth bust and there’s danger of contamination, we take them to the hospital and then a foster home,” said John Law with the WV Dept. of Health and Human Resources.
From there, there are numerous possibilities. But, the number one priority is family re-unification.
“If it’s a drug bust, then a person has gone wrong and we hope with counseling, they can get back on track and get their kids back,” said Law.
But, in a worse case scenario, there's always the chance a judge could terminate a parent's rights. Then, the child can be adopted.
In the meantime, for this baby, child protective services says rest easy, she's in a loving, caring home.
We've already received calls from people wanting to adopt this little girl. While that's not an option right now, the Department of Health and Human Resources says you call your local DHHR office and they will take your name and information in the event that becomes an option in the future.
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