A Mississippi mother was arrested after authorities said her one-year-old toddler tested positive for marijuana, methamphetamine, and ecstasy.
Victoria Bolan, 28, now faces a charge of felony child abuse.
“On Jan. 5, 2022, we received information that Ms. Bolan’s 1-year-old child tested positive for methamphetamines, marijuana, and MDMA (ecstasy) back in December of 2021 while she had custody of the child,” said Jones County Sheriff’s Department investigator Sgt. J.D. Carter.
The child is in the custody of other family members, Carter added.
“That’s the primary concern is keeping the children safe,” Carter said. “Because if the activities continue, especially in young children… the effects that it has on the growth and the mental aspect of it… as a child, they’re constantly developing and you can stunt the mental growth of the child… and also in the back end of it is also to get the parents some help. It’s not all about throwing parents in prison. It’s about getting them the help they need.”
Bolan is detained at Jones County Jail, and her bond has been set at $5,000.
Authorities believe that the child had “environmental contact” with the drugs and ingested them.