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3 kids test positive for meth, mother charged

November 12, 2020 GMT

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky mother is facing charges after three of her children tested positive for methamphetamine, records show.

Malayanah Root, 27, of Elizabethtown was charged Monday with four counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, news outlets reported, citing an arrest warrant. She has four children, ages 5, 3, 2 and an infant, according to records.

The warrant said three children tested positive for methamphetamine and two tested positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, records show. Authorities were not able to test the infant.

Officer John Thomas with the Elizabethtown Police Department says police believe all four children “were in dangerous proximity” of drugs and Root was their primary caretaker.

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It wasn’t immediately clear if Root has an attorney.