SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Two Bulloch County parents have been arrested and charged with cruelty to children after their child had methamphetamine in his system.
The mother, 21-year-old Ariel Newsome, brought her 6-month-old son to East Georgia Regional Medical Center after her she noticed her son was lethargic and unresponsive. After testing, it was confirmed that the child had meth in his system.
Bulloch County Sheriff's Office deputies made contact with the father, 24-year-old Glen Keen, before responding to the home on Windy Hill Road in Statesboro.
No illegal drugs were found at the home during the visit by deputies, investigators or DFCS. However, during the investigation, it was confirmed that meth had been used at the home and in the presence of the infant.
Investigators say the meth was ingested - not inhaled.
"The child now has to undergo treatment and observation for something that should have never even occurred," said Capt. Todd Hutchens, Bulloch County Sheriff's Office. The case is ongoing, possibly with more charges. The Department of Family and Children's Services is involved."
Keen and Newsome were arrested and have been charged with 2nd-degree cruelty to children. They are being held at the Bulloch County Jail with bond pending further court action.
The infant and other children in the home are being looked after by their paternal grandmother.