OAKDALE, Calif. – A mother seeking medical aid for her baby discovered he was under the influence of methamphetamine.

She was arrested Wednesday after she took her baby boy to a hospital in the San Joaquin Valley for what she thought was an allergic reaction. But allergies had nothing to do with the ailment. Officials discovered the child was on meth, police said.

Mother seeking medical aid

Tenessa Price, 28, was taken into custody Wednesday, reported the Los Angeles Times. Price was booked on suspicion of child cruelty that could lead to injury or death and possessing methamphetamine, according to police in Oakdale, a city northeast of Modesto.


Price thought her 1-year-old son had a negative reaction to a new shampoo. Consequently, she took him to Oakdale Valley Hospital about 3:30 a.m., police said.

Soon after, hospital officials notified police that something was wrong, and it was unrelated to allergies.

Investigation revealed baby on meth

When officers arrived, they “determined that the child was displaying behavior consistent with that of methamphetamine use,” police said in a statement.

The child was taken to a second hospital for further observation and treatment, authorities said. He will also be placed in the care of child protective services.

While Price was a mother seeking medical aid for her child, she quickly turned into a criminal defendant. She was in possession of meth when she was arrested, according to police.