By Steve Elliott
A Louisiana mother is facing charges after her 14-month-old baby tested positive for marijuana, according to the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office.
Jaranique Goins, 21, said the baby boy "may have eaten remains of pot cigarettes she threw in the back yard after smoking," said Sheriff James Pohlmann, reports WWL TV.
Deputies were called after Goins and her mother brought the baby to St. Bernard Hospital early Friday morning. Goins told doctors the 14-month-old boy had been unresponsive while in his bed.
The baby was in good condition, but tests showed he had marijuana in his system. The child has already been released from the hospital, according to Pohlmann.
To anyone who knows very much about cannabis, it's no surprise that the baby was unharmed. The body's natural endocannabinoids are vital for health, and in fact are present in mothers' breast milk, where they serve as an appetite stimulant, among other important functions.
The mother told deputies she had smoked marijuana and had thrown the roaches in her back yard, according to Pohlmann. Goins said she believes the boy may have eaten one of the joint butts, since he plays outside in the yard.
"This was irresponsible behavior on her part, but fortunately the child has been checked out at Children's Hospital and was later released," Pohlmann said.