Mum arrested after toddler tests positive for drugs

TAIPING: Police have arrested a 22-year-old housewife after her 22-month-old child tested positive for amphetamine and methamphetamine.

Police received a report from the Taiping Hospital yesterday.

According to the hospital's medical officer, the 22-month-old girl had tested positive for amphetamine and methamphetamine, said District police chief Assistant Commissioner Razlam Ab Hamid.

"The child was her grandmother's house. Near the time to sleep, the child couldn't stop crying and was uncontrollable. This prompted the mother to send the toddler to the hospital," he said today.

Razlam added that following this, police arrested the mother and a urine test conducted on her came back positive for methamphetamine.

The case is being investigated under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001 which carries a maximum fine of RM50,000 or 20 years' imprisonment or both upon conviction.

It is learnt that the hospitalised toddler is reported to be in stable condition.

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