2-year-old South Florida child tests positive for cocaine; man arrested
Woman takes child to hospital after concerns about his behavior
RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. – A South Florida man was arrested after a 2-year-old child tested positive for cocaine.
Sean Paul Mitropanopoulus was arrested Thursday on one count of child neglect.
According to a Riviera Beach police report, the child was brought to St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach on Oct. 30 by a woman after concerns over the way the child was acting. Tests confirmed the child had ingested cocaine.
The woman claims the 2-year-old was "very lethargic and at other times angry" when she picked up the child from Mitropanopoulus's home.
The unnamed woman's relationship with Mitropanopoulus is unknown, but she claims to have warned Mitropanopoulus over using drugs around the child.
A judge ordered Mitropanopoulus to undergo a drug screen after he refused to speak or be tested by detectives. He tested positive for cocaine and benzodiazepine.
Dr. William Rosenstein concluded that the positive drug tests "may have resulted from intentionally giving the child the drug or possibly from accidental ingestion."
According to the report, police don't know whether Mitropanopoulus administered the drug to the child in small amounts or whether the child had easy access to the drug at home.
"In the latter instance, it would be much more likely for the child to present with toxicity," the report said.
The Florida Department of Children and Families is also investigating the incident.
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