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Methadone, pot, PCP found in 7-year-old girl's system

Methadone, marijuana and PCP were found in the system of a 7-year-old girl brought to a local emergency room, according to a Fort Wayne police report.

Details of what happened Wednesday are vague, but the police report suggests the state Department of Child Services is involved in the case and made a visit to the child's home after coming to the hospital.

No criminal charges have been filed.

Two police officers were called to Parkview Hospital Randallia at Randallia Drive and East State Boulevard about 7:15 p.m. to assist Child Services, which also had an official driving to the hospital.

"While in route dispatch advised that 7 year old (name redacted) was there and tested positive for methadone, PCP and marijuana after her mother (name redacted) brought her in," one officer wrote in his report.

Methadone is a synthetic opiate used to treat pain and heroin addiction. Phencyclidine, commonly known as PCP and also called "angel dust," is an illegal narcotic that can cause hallucinations.

When officers arrived at the hospital, they were told the child, a girl, was in a room with her mother.

While they waited for the Child Services official, one of the officers noticed the girl's mother using a phone nearby and talking to someone about what was happening with her daughter, the police report said.

The mother mentioned "being arrested if she tried to leave the hospital," an officer wrote in his report.

The official with Child Services arrived and tried to interview the mother for a half-hour, according to the report, but the mother "refused to discuss anything."

At some point, the Child Services official gleaned a name of someone who had taken care of the mother's children and who may have "some responsibility" for the child getting drugs into her system, the report said.

The Child Services official then told police she would be going to the mother's and child's home to interview the other children there, the report said.

The official also told the officers that they were no longer needed because "(name redacted) was going to be moved to (redacted) and (name redacted) was not planning on joining her."

A Department of Child Services official could not offer other information Friday.

jeffwiehe@jg.net

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