Thurston County child recovering after unknown exposure to amphetamines

A Thurston County child is recovering after being exposed to and testing positive for amphetamines, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday.

According to the sheriff’s office, the 21-month-old boy was brought to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma by his parents after they observed erratic behavior, including the boy’s inability to sleep or sit still.

The boy’s mother told law enforcement that they had been in the water at Burfoot Park in the 6900 block of Boston Harbor Road Northeast in Olympia on Monday from about 3 p.m. until 4:45 p.m. before going to dinner, where the child began acting erratically.

The mother believed that the boy ingested something at the park after touching things on the ground and then putting them in his mouth.

The sheriff’s office announced Wednesday that it is not investigating the parents of the boy and there is no suspicion of wrongdoing on their part.

The sheriff’s office also said that while it is unknown how the child came into contact with amphetamines, by the process of elimination, the parents believe it had to have come from the park.

There were no signs of narcotics use at the park noted by responding deputies or the child’s parents.

Anyone who does locate suspicious substances or drug paraphernalia or notices any suspicious activity is asked to call dispatch at 360-704-2741 or 911 if it’s an emergency.