Couple charged after kids test positive for meth

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Couple Charged After Kids Test Positive for Meth

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City dad concerned that his two sons were being physically and sexually abused took them to Children's Mercy Hospital to be examined, but was arrested after they tested positive for methamphetamine in their urine on April 15.

Dad Roland Smith, 29, and stepmom Cindy Smith, 23, each face two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and possession of a controlled substance. According to a probable cause statement, the boys who are 2 and 4 had meth in their system, a doctor told officers that normally meth is undetectable in urine two or three days after exposure.

Both suspects told police that the boys were picked up from their mother's house on April 8, and spent the next week at their Kansas City home in their care. Neither knew how the boys ingested the meth. Cindy told investigators she had never used the drug; Roland admitted to having a past problem, but had been clean for five years.

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Journalists examine a haul of crystal methamphetamine concealed in packaging at the Australian Federal Police headquarters in Sydney on February 15, 2016. Australian police have seized more than 712 million USD in crystal methamphetamine, or ice, some concealed in gel bra inserts in one of the country's biggest drug busts. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN / AFP / SAEED KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Australian Justice Minister Michael Keenan (C) examines product packaging containing concealed crystal methamphetamine with Australian Federal Police State Manager NSW Commander Chris Sheehan (L) and Australian Border Force Regional Commander NSW Tim Fitzgerald (R) at the Australian Federal Police headquarters in Sydney on February 15, 2016. Australian police have seized more than 712 million USD in crystal methamphetamine, or ice, some concealed in gel bra inserts in one of the country's biggest drug busts. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN / AFP / SAEED KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Border Police officers stand next to a haul of crystal methamphetamine concealed in packaging at the Australian Federal Police headquarters in Sydney on February 15, 2016. Australian police have seized more than 712 million USD in crystal methamphetamine, or ice, some concealed in gel bra inserts in one of the country's biggest drug busts. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN / AFP / SAEED KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Gel bra inserts (foreground L) containing concealed crystal methamphetamine is seen at the Australian Federal Police headquarters in Sydney on February 15, 2016. Australian police have seized more than 712 million USD in crystal methamphetamine, or ice, some concealed in gel bra inserts in one of the country's biggest drug busts. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN / AFP / SAEED KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Australian Justice Minister Michael Keenan (L) examines gel bra inserts containing concealed crystal methamphetamine with Australian Federal Police State Manager NSW Commander Chris Sheehan (2nd L) and Australian Border Force Regional Commander NSW Tim Fitzgerald (C) at the Australian Federal Police headquarters in Sydney on February 15, 2016. Australian police have seized more than 712 million USD in crystal methamphetamine, or ice, some concealed in gel bra inserts in one of the country's biggest drug busts. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN / AFP / SAEED KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Border Police officers stand next to a haul of crystal methamphetamine concealed in packaging at the Australian Federal Police headquarters in Sydney on February 15, 2016. Australian police have seized more than 712 million USD in crystal methamphetamine, or ice, some concealed in gel bra inserts in one of the country's biggest drug busts. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN / AFP / SAEED KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Commander Chris Sheehan from the Australian Federal Police stands by a display of confiscated drugs in Sydney, Monday, Jan. 15, 2016. Australian police said they had seized 720 liters (190 gallons) of the illicit drug methylamphetamine worth more than 1 billion Australian dollars ($700 million). (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
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On April 16 officers went to their home and found meth, a firearm and ammunition inside the house. Detectives spoke with Roland Smith's dad, who said that his son told him he needed the gun for self-defense.

In addition to the drug and endangering charges, Roland Smith is accused of unlawfully possessing a gun, which he's not allowed to do following felony drug convictions in Johnson County, Mo., from 2009. He made his first court appearance on Monday and is in jail on a $40,000 bond.

Cindy Smith also appeared in court on Monday according to online records, and is being held on a $30,000 bond.

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