Update: Child lifeflighted after being given opioids released the following day

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Update

Monroe Police Department confirms that the child who was lifeflighted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta after allegedly being given opioids by his father recovered from the effects. He was released from the hospital the following day.

Initial Story

Monroe, Ga. – The Monroe Police Department is investigating a case in which an 8-year-old was allegedly given opioids by his father while the child was visiting his paternal grandmother.

According to the incident report, the child was taken to Piedmont Walton on May 25, 2019, by his maternal grandmother and aunt after they had picked him up from the home in Monroe of his paternal grandmother. He appeared to be slurring his speech, was unsteady on his feet and complained of a headache. He allegedly told them that he had been given a “white powder” by his father. While at the hospital, he lost consciousness and was administered NARCAN. A second dose had to be administered which allegedly resulted in him waking up briefly in front of the police officer. He was subsequently transported by air ambulance to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston due to his condition.

The maternal grandmother allegedly has full custody of the child and he was not supposed to be in the company of his father at all. His grandmother told police that she believes it is possible that a recent court appearance over custody issues may have upset the child’s father.

The case is being investigated by the Criminal Investigation Division.

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