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Infant overdoses on meth; mother charged

June 13, 2017 GMT

A Carroll County woman was indicted Monday by the Carroll County Grand Jury in connection with the overdose of her 8-month-old child. On Friday, Summer D. Starks, 28, was arrested by investigators from Kentucky State Police Post 5 and charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and first-degree possession of a controlled substance, both Class D felonies, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor. On Monday, the grand jury indicted her on the two Class D felonies and added a third count of being a persistent felony offender, second degree. Starks had been convicted of first-degree possession of heroin in 2015, according to the indictment. KSP had been notified at 5:19 p.m. Friday by Child Protective Services that a child had been admitted to Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville after ingesting methamphetamine, according to a news release from public information officer Trooper Josh Lawson. The child, who was treated and released that night, had been transferred there from Carroll County Memorial Hospital. Details of how the child ingested the drug were unavailable. KSP investigators determined Starks was the child’s mother and obtained a warrant to search her residence. The search yielded drugs and paraphernalia, and Starks was arrested. The infant and a 10-year-old child also living at Starks’ residence both have been removed from the home by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. KSP was assisted on scene by the Carrollton Police Department.