Brazilian baby hospitalised for drug overdose

February 17th, 2009 - 7:08 pm ICT by IANS  

Rio de Janeiro, Feb 17 (IANS) A baby boy in Brazil’s Mato Grosso state has been admitted to a hospital following an overdose of cocaine, which he ingested by accident, EFE reported Tuesday.
The 15-month-old baby was reported to be in a stable condition, but he may be shifted to the intensive care unit of the hospital if his situation deteriorates, the report quoted health officials as saying.

The boy Saturday ate two grams of coca paste he found on the bed of his 17-year-old mother, who is a habitual user of the drug, an official said.

The official said the mother fled her home after the incident came to light.

Presently, the baby is under the care of his relatives.

The baby’s mother was arrested on at least 10 occasions for drug use earlier.

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