A 21-year-old man has been accused of giving the narcotic pain reliever methadone to a roommate’s 1-year-old son.
Jackson County prosecutors charged Aundray D. Moss with first-degree endangering the welfare of a child.
Moss, of Napoleon, Mo., told Kansas City police detectives that he gave the baby methadone once and knew it was wrong, according to court documents.
He and other witnesses told police that the baby’s mother had given the drug to her son numerous times, the documents said. The mother has not been charged, but prosecutors said the case remains under investigation and other charges are possible.
The baby allegedly was given the drug whenever he cried or before being put to bed. A witness said the baby would “become calm, go to sleep or pass out,” according to the court documents.
After the baby entered foster case last July, his foster mother sought medical care because she reported he was “agitated, screaming and couldn’t sleep for more than 15 minutes.”
Doctors determined he was going through acute drug withdrawal, and the boy spent six days in the hospital.
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