Child Protective Services caseworkers removed a 2-week-old child from his home July 18 after a blood test taken at birth returned positive for drugs.

The boy was born July 6 to a Red Oak woman, with both released from the hospital after the birth. A caseworker’s affidavit filed with the court indicates a blood test on the mother at the hospital came back negative for drug use. The infant’s blood test came back positive for methamphetamine and cocaine on July 16, with a priority 1 report filed July 17.

A caseworker sent to locate the mom and child July 17 found no one at a first address but was able to find a second address in hospital documents, according to the affidavit.

At the second location, a woman answered the door and at first denied being the 33-year-old mother and then said an infant boy inside belonged to yet another woman. After further questioning, the woman admitted to being the mother of the child in question, saying she was afraid the caseworker would take her baby because of drug use, according to the affidavit.

The woman told the caseworker she had last used drugs about two weeks before giving birth.

After determining there were no suitable relatives to place the infant with due to drug and or felony criminal history, the child was taken into foster care, according to the affidavit, which indicates the whereabouts of the alleged father are unknown.

A 14-day hearing has been set for later this month in Ellis County Court at Law No. 2, Judge Greg Wilhelm presiding.

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