Washington Mother Charged After Toddler, 3, Overdoses on Meth: Reports

The mother was arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail on Thursday, May 2

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Photo illustration of an ambulance responding to an emergency

A Washington mother has been charged after her 3-year-old toddler reportedly overdosed, according to multiple outlets.

Police in Vancouver, Washington, arrested Summer Justice Ward, 27, on Thursday, May 2, after her child overdosed on a powder that tested positive for methamphetamine, outlets including KPTV, KGW and The Columbian said.

According to the Clark County Jail's online roster, Ward was arrested and booked on charges of endangerment with a controlled substance, criminal mistreatment, resisting arrest, obstructing law enforcement officers and possession of a controlled substance.

The Vancouver Police Department did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment on Sunday.

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Stock image of a police vehicle's lights

The Vancouver Police Department responded to an apartment at Northeast 109th Street around 8 p.m. local time on Thursday, after receiving calls about a child having overdosed, per The Columbian. The outlet noted, citing a news release, that the toddler's grandmother then administered two doses of Narcan.

Upon arrival, authorities found that the mother refused to let medical professionals into a bedroom to assist, and police had to force their way into the room before the child was taken to a local hospital, The Columbian reported.

Police then discovered a plastic bag in the woman's clothing containing a white powdered substance, which field tested positive for methamphetamine, per the outlet.

Ward's two children, the toddler who overdosed and another 2-year-old child, were then reportedly placed in protective custody before the mother was booked, per KGW.

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Child Abuse Unit detectives for the police department are investigating the case, the outlet added.

“How would you have that around your children or be in the same household or even doing it around them? It’s just, I can’t imagine it’s horrible,” neighbor Jenny Cerdena told KPTV.

According to the jail's website, Ward has a court date set for May 15 at 9 a.m. and is being held on a bond of $37,500.

It is currently unclear if she has legal representation to comment on her behalf.

The child's reported overdose comes less than two months after a St. Louis mother was charged with the death of her 4-year-old daughter, who police revealed was reportedly exposed to heroin and died of a drug overdose.

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