Toddler treated for drug overdose in state custody

No one has been arrested at this time

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A 1-year-old was rushed to Baystate Noble Hospital Friday night because of a suspected drug overdose.

The type of drug the 1-year-old ingested has yet to be confirmed. The initial police report called it a “heroin overdose,” but Westfield Police said for privacy reasons they can’t confirm that.

Westfield Police Captain Mike McCabe told 22News their officers were called to Baystate Noble for the apparent overdose, around 9:00 Friday night.

Health and Human Services Secretary, Marylou Sudders, spoke about the incident on Boston Herald Radio Tuesday morning. She said narcan had to be used to bring the 1-year-old back to life.

According to the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Chief at Baystate Medical Center, Joeli Hettler, this wasn’t the first time their doctors have seen a child overdose. “Accidental opioid ingestion is something every emergency department sees. My guess right now is that we’re seeing a few dozen a year. Most of the opioid ingestions we see are from pills left around the house, either on a nightstand, or in a purse.”

The baby’s in state custody, while police continue looking into the incident. Captain McCabe said so far, no one’s been arrested.

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