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Eau Claire 3-year-old tested positive for meth

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EAU CLAIRE (WKOW) -- Police in Eau Claire are trying to find answers to why a three-year-old boy tested positive for meth.

Police say the boy was taken to a hospital on Monday after he was acting strange and a family member made the call.  The boy was kept overnight and released.  Police say he has been placed in protective custody.

Police are reporting no arrests yet, but family members have been cooperative.  Right now, authorities are just trying to figure out what type of exposure the boy might have had.

Community Relations Officer Kyle Roder says they've dealt with many cases of a child being exposed to drugs, but he could not think of a recent, local example that a small child tested positive.

"It is difficult for our officers to see that," said Officer Roder. "Most of our officers have families and have children of our own and when we go into situations where a child is in danger because of the behaviors of someone else, that makes it very difficult and very frustrating for us."

Officer Roder said because it's been found in the child's system doesn't necessarily mean he ingested it.  Our affiliate in Eau Claire, WQOW, talked with an E.R. doctor who says a child could potentially test positive even if they were just exposed to it.
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