A Maine couple faces charges of drug possession and endangering the welfare of a child after their 1-year-old daughter was found to have heroin in her system.
Katie Robinson, 23, and Jason Thomas, 34, were indicted by a grand jury on March 25 in Kennebec County, according to Bangor Daily News.
“We’re alleging that the child ingested heroin, and the child was 1 at the time,” Maeghan Maloney, Kennebec County District Attorney, told the Portland Press Herald.
Robinson and Thomas were arrested on the charge Dec. 21, 2015.
The 1-year-old tested positive for opiates on July 17, 2015, after Robinson and Thomas took her to hospital.
“The detectives with the Kennebec Sheriff’s Office put a lot of time into this investigation,” Maloney added.
This included searches of the home and the conducting of several interviews.
Unlawful possession of heroin carries a maximum sentence of five years behind bars, while endangering child welfare is a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of 364 days.
Both Robinson and Thomas have previous drug charges. Police accused them in August of possession of marijuana with the intention to distribute.
At the time, police also charged them with endangering the welfare of a child after their 14-month-old child was in the car while the couple smoked marijuana.
Robinson reportedly tried to argue that she and Thomas had medical reasons for using marijuana.
“I smoke all day, every day,” she told police, according to the Eagle-Tribune.
Officers found two jars of marijuana in the couple’s car, and also two digital scales. When they searched Robinson’s purse for the medical cards she claimed to have, nothing was found except $6,006 in cash.