Boy, 2, may have brain damage from taking methadone

Posted at: 04/05/2013 9:05 AM
Updated at: 04/05/2013 9:11 AM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Authorities in Albuquerque say a 2-year-old boy may have suffered brain damage after swallowing a narcotic allegedly used by his parents to prevent addiction withdrawal symptoms.

A criminal complaint filed against Anthony and Annette Martinez says a doctor told detectives that the boy will be severely damaged neurologically as a result of ingesting methadone.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, the complaint charges the couple with child abuse resulting in great bodily harm, tampering with evidence and conspiracy.

A Bernalillo County sheriff's spokesman says the boy is hospitalized in stable but critical condition.

The parents took him to an urgent care facility on Monday when he was unresponsive.

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