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Minn. Parents Accused of Allowing Child to Ingest Drugs

Updated: 02/18/2014 4:16 PM
Created: 02/18/2014 4:07 PM KSTP.com
By: Leslie Dyste

A toddler has been removed from a home in Benton County because authorities allege the child and the youngster's parents have tested positive for drugs.
    
A criminal complaint charges 26-year-old Nicole McKay and 34-year-old Matthew Dennis with allowing their 21-month-old child to ingest methamphetamine and with storing the drug in the presence of a child.

According to the criminal complaint, authorities allege the parents, McKay and Dennis, admitted to being addicted to prescription drugs prior to the death of another child who died accidentally of positional asphyxiation. Officers were investigating the death of the child in November at the family's home in Waite Park. 

Benton County Human Services stepped in when police said they found meth and drug paraphernalia in the home.
    
The criminal complaint says hair samples from McKay, Dennis and the toddler tested positive for drugs.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Nicole McKay
Courtesy of Benton County Jail
Matthew Dennis
Courtesy of Benton County Jail

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