Toddler tests positive for meth, leading to charges against Belton man

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BELTON, Mo. — A Belton man faces charges after a 1-year-old boy that was in his care was found to be high on methamphetamine. The boy was rushed to Children’s Mercy Hospital after the boy’s mother noticed he was acting strangely.

It was inside a Belton mobile home where police say 27-year-old Ryan Cody Smith was left to take care of two toddler boys, while their mom went to work.

When the mom got home on Sunday evening, she realized her youngest son was acting erratically. Detectives say the 1-year-old was biting his older brother, gorging himself with cookies and gagging himself with his fingers.

She rushed the boy to the hospital where he tested positive for meth. Belton police went to the trailer and arrested Smith.

During a search, police found a clear white bong with a white residue, a pipe and a crystal substance. Smith admitted loading a pipe to smoke Sunday, as the toddler boys played in the other room. Smith denied giving the boy meth, telling detectives “he means the world to me.”

Police say the boy is recovering at Children’s Mercy. Smith is being held on a $25,000 bond. He officially faces two charges of endangering the welfare of a child, and possession of a controlled substance. No court dates have been set yet.

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