Phoenix Mom Suspected of Using Methadone to Treat 2-Year-Old's Toothache

Categories: Bad Parents
When a baby's teeth are coming in, parents will often rub a little rum on the baby's gums to dull the pain. A Phoenix mom is suspected of opting for a different remedy -- police suspect she gave her 2-year-old baby methadone to treat a toothache.

Phoenix police haven't revealed the identity of the woman, but tell New Times a 2-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital yesterday morning and was found to have methadone -- a synthetic opiate often used to ease addicts off of heroin -- in his system.

Phoenix Sergeant Steve Martos says the methadone was given to the child orally after he complained about pain in his gums and teeth.

The baby, Martos says, is doing better today, but doctors are still waiting to see whether suffer any long-term affects.

No arrests have been made, yet, as Martos says an arrest in the case "would be premature."

He says detectives are in the process of subpoenaing records, and it could take up to a week before formal charges are filed against the mother -- if charges are filed at all, that is.

In addition to the methadone-filled 2-year-old, two of the mother's other children were taken into the custody of Child Protective Services.

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Lexington Dentist
Lexington Dentist

I think it would have been so much easier if she took her son to the dentist instead. But then again, I don't think she was thinking properly. Who in the right mind would give their child methadone to heal a toothache?


Take the children away ASAP. They will be thankful in the years to come.

Mene Tekel
Mene Tekel

No harm, no foul. Maybe the parents learned their lesson.


Are you serious, no harm, no foul?  That is messed up. 


The fact that this "mother?" thought it was ok to give a child methadone tells me that her children should be removed permanently before she starts to spike their Cheerio's with crystal meth to help them wake up in the morning.

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