Mother learns meth to blame for 1-year-old's erratic behavior

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Man Arrested After Toddler In His Care Tests Positive for Meth

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.

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Mother learns meth to blame for 1-year-old's erratic behavior
This Wednesday, June 10, 2015 photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, packages of hard drugs are seen in the rear driver side quarter panel of a car carrying more than $377,000 worth of heroin and methamphetamine, seized at the U.S.-Mexico border port of entry in Nogales, Ariz. Authorities are reporting an alarming increase in the number of methamphetamine seizures at border ports of entry. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)
This Wednesday, June 10, 2015 photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, an officer has ripped apart an ice chest that has packages of hard drugs wrapped around a hollowed out shell that was in a car driven by a Mexican man accused of carrying five pounds of heroin and five pounds of methamphetamine, seized at the U.S.-Mexico border port of entry in Nogales, Ariz. Authorities are reporting an alarming increase in the number of methamphetamine seizures at border ports of entry. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)
This Wednesday, June 10, 2015 photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows 16 packages of methamphetamine and heroin found in a car being driven by two Mexican nationals at the U.S.-Mexico border port of entry in Nogales, Ariz. The drugs are worth over $377,000. Authorities are reporting an alarming increase in the number of methamphetamine seizures at border ports of entry. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)
A Mexican soldier takes part in the burning of marijuana, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine at a military base in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon state, on April 8, 2014. The Mexican Army burnt more than 17.5 tons of drug seized to groups of drug traffickers from the north of the country, reported a military authority. AFP PHOTO/Julio Cesar Aguilar (Photo credit should read Julio Cesar Aguilar/AFP/Getty Images)
A Mexican soldier takes part in the burning of marijuana, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine at a military base in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon state, on April 8, 2014. The Mexican Army burnt more than 17.5 tons of drug seized to groups of drug traffickers from the north of the country, reported a military authority. AFP PHOTO/Julio Cesar Aguilar (Photo credit should read Julio Cesar Aguilar/AFP/Getty Images)
An iguana hangs from the uniform of a Mexican soldier during the burning of marijuana, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine at a military base in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon state, on April 8, 2014. The Mexican Army burnt more than 17.5 tons of drug seized to groups of drug traffickers from the north of the country, reported a military authority. AFP PHOTO/Julio Cesar Aguilar (Photo credit should read Julio Cesar Aguilar/AFP/Getty Images)
A Mexican soldier takes part in the burning of marijuana, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine at a military base in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon state, on April 8, 2014. The Mexican Army burnt more than 17.5 tons of drug seized to groups of drug traffickers from the north of the country, reported a military authority. AFP PHOTO/Julio Cesar Aguilar (Photo credit should read Julio Cesar Aguilar/AFP/Getty Images)
A criminal expert shows Crystal meth at the German federal police in Wiesbaden, Germany, Thursday, Nov.13, 2014. Authorities have seized 2.9 tons of a chemical used to produce crystal meth in an operation that brought 15 arrests in Germany and the Czech Republic, German police said Thursday. The chloroephedrine seized in the eastern German city of Leipzig last week could have been used to produce 2.3 tons of crystal meth with an estimated street value of 184 million euros (US $230 million), the Federal Criminal Police Office said. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
The Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, middle, watches as Deputy Brandon Jones, right, and Deputy Joaquin Enriquez, left, unload a seizure of 51 pounds of meth, from a bust at a house in west Phoenix prior to a news conference at the Maricopa County Sheriff's Training Center on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Phoenix. One arrest was made in the bust. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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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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