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1-year-old removed from Winder home after drugs found in his system

POSTED: August 10, 2014 12:00 p.m.

A one-year-old has been removed from a Barrow County home after drugs were found in his system.

The Department of Family and Children Services is investigating the incident after the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office was called to Cedar Creek Apartments in Winder on Aug. 2 after a parent said the child fell 20 feet from a second story window. The drugs were found in the child’s system after he was taken to Barrow Regional Medical Center.

A spokesperson with DFCS said they could not confirm that there is an investigation, but Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith said that his department will be notified by them if there needs to be any charges filed. Questions were raised by law enforcement and medical personnel about whether the child had fallen because the only visible injury was a small scrape on his elbow, Smith said last week.

Smith said he was unaware of what drugs were in the child's system.

"(The deputy and medical personnel) found it odd that the juvenile fell from a spot that high with such a minimal injury," Smith said.

The deputy wrote in the incident report, "I was smiling and laughing while communicating with him and he did not appear to be in any amount of pain consistent with the fall."

The child’s father, James Dalton, told the deputy that his daughter was in the living room that morning when she heard the one-year-old knocking on the back door, according to the report.

Jessica Dalton, the child’s mother, said that the bedroom window had been cracked open. The deputy wrote that the window was closed when he went into the room, but that it didn’t take much force to open it wide enough for a small child to fit through.

There was also a "pungent odor" in the room caused by what appeared to be feces on the floor, the incident report said.

Smith said they were unaware about any possible drugs being in the home until after hearing that drugs were in the child’s system.

"We weren’t aware or ever advised until this week that the child tested positive for some drugs," he said.



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