A ten-month-old baby has ingested cocaine through breast milk, doctors fear.
The toddler is in a critical condition in the hospital and a 30-year-old woman named Yamila R by local media and her 38-year-old partner and the baby’s father, identified as Ismael A, have been arrested.
The parents reportedly took the girl to a health center near San Nicolas in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires in the northeast of the country.
The baby was taken to Elizalde hospital, where she arrived in critical condition.
Doctors discovered that her condition was caused by cocaine intake.
A laboratory test confirmed that she had cocaine in her blood.
Local media reported that doctors thought the girl would have taken the drug through breast milk.
Her mother claimed that her daughter had been playing with the father’s medicines, who had recently had leg surgery.
Local prosecutor Carlos Rolero Santurian issued a search warrant for the family home where police found 70 grams (2 oz) of cocaine ready to be sold, fabric cutting tools, a digital scale, a notebook with notes about the sales activities, and 90,000 ARS (£ 1,090).
The images show when the police and members of the Chemical Laboratory enter the house and find a large amount of drugs on a table next to a bag of money.
The police officers arrest the couple and take them to a patrol car.
The parents are detained preventively and are said to have been questioned by the police on Tuesday.
Prosecutor Rolero Santurian said, “The deplorable situation the baby had to face was the start of a larger investigation into drug possession and trafficking.”
The police investigation continues.