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March 8, 2010 at 7:39 AM

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Police: 'Intoxicated' baby taken into protective custody

Posted by John de Leon

A 10-month-old boy was taken into protective custody Sunday night after drugs and drug paraphernalia were found in the mother's home.

Police responded to a home in the 4300 block of 15th Avenue South about 6 p.m. Sunday after receiving a 911 call from a woman who reported a fight. When officers arrived they discovered the caller -- a 27-year-old woman -- was attempting to play peacekeeper between the two fighting parties. The woman was also highly intoxicated, according to a police account.

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The woman was breastfeeding and caring for her 10-month-old boy. Police also found drugs and paraphernalia in the home and suspected the baby may have been under the influence of "intoxicants," police said. The boy was taken to the South Precinct, where his condition was screened by Seattle Fire Department medics. The child was later taken to Seattle Children's hospital for additional evaluation and treatment.

Child Protective Services took custody of the child. Police said the investigation is continuing.

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