Parents arrested after 3-month-old baby found with amphetamines in system


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Micah Choquette

A man and woman are currently in jail after doctors discovered their three-month-old baby boy had amphetamines in his system.

According to the arrest affidavit, Sapulpa Police Officer Cady Byrnes was called to St. Francis emergency center in Tulsa about a baby testing positive for amphetamines. Upon her arrival, Officer Byrnes was met by an attending physician who explained that the baby had tested positive after his parents brought him in for a “possible blockage in his system.”

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Nicole Younger, left, and Kenneth Jantzen, right.

In a police interview, 35-year-old Alicia Nicole Younger admitted to using methamphetamine in her home, where the baby and two of her other children reside, as well as two other children who do not belong to her, according to the arrest affidavit.

When questioned about how the baby could’ve come in contact with anything that would cause him to test positive for amphetamines, Younger told police, “I don’t know how, the only thing I could think of is if [he] somehow got ahold of one of the other kids’ medicine.” Younger told police that she smoked methamphetamine once before the baby became sick and once after.

In a separate police interview with Officer Byrnes, 46-year-old Kenneth Ray Jantzen admitted to using methamphetamine five to ten times in the last two weeks, but couldn’t say when or where, specifically.

Jantzen has also been convicted of violating the sex offender registration act in 2013, of failure to register as a sex offender in 2007, and for possession of a controlled dangerous substance in 2015.

Both parents have been charged with felony child neglect. A hearing is scheduled for Jantzen on Tuesday, September 22nd.

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