Toddler Hospitalized After Eating Bag Of Meth


The parents of a 22-month-old girl who consumed methamphetamine will likely face charges.

The daughter of John Kemmerer, 26, and Leanne Popp, 24, has been hospitalized after consuming a bag of methamphetamine from a bag in their home in Wayne Township, Pennsylvania, the Associated Press reports.

The toddler was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital. According to WFMZ, she is in stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit of the facility.

An acute overdose of methamphetamine may cause the following symptoms, some of which are life threatening: difficulty breathing, chest pain, irregular heartbeat, heart attack, stroke, seizures, severe agitation, paranoia, extremely high blood temperature, and kidney damage or failure, according to Project Know.

It is unclear at this time if the child has suffered any long-term damage from the drug.

"We are hoping child has a full recovery, at this point we don't know that," Pennsylvania State Police Sgt. Fred Krute said, according to WFMZ.

Charges have not yet been filed against Kemmerer and Popp.

"Charges are imminent? Absolutely. Absolutely charges will be coming," Krute said.

Police searched the couple's home and found drug paraphernalia inside. Both Kemmerer and Popp were subsequently interviewed by investigators.

The results of the ongoing investigation and the child's health will play a large part in the case, investigators said, adding that child endangerment and drug charges are likely to be brought against the couple.

"We want to wait on the prognosis for the child, to see what the exact charges will be," Krute said.

How much methamphetamine the child consumed was not made public.

Citing the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse notes that approximately 1.2 million people in the United States used methamphetamine in the year prior. In 2011, 103,000 emergency departments visits for drug-related episodes were from methamphetamine use. It ranked as the fourth most mentioned illicit drug in emergency departments, behind cocaine, marijuana, and heroin.

Methamphetamine abuse is most common in the West and Midwest areas of the U.S.

There is no information that links Popp to using methamphetamine while pregnant with her daughter. Women who do, however, may have premature or undersized children, who may be lethargic and suffer from heart and brain abnormalities. The children may also suffer from neurobehavioral problems, such as decreased arousal and increased stress, as well as significant attention impairments.

Sources: Associated Press via KDKAWFMZ, National Institute on Drug Abuse (2) / Photo credit: Jeff/Flickr

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