ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Doctors say a 2-year-old boy may be brain damaged after swallowing methadone.
The boy's parents, Annette Martinez, 28, and Anthony Martinez, 25, have been charged with child abuse resulting in great bodily harm, tampering with evidence and conspiracy.
On Wednesday afternoon Metropolitan Court Judge Julie Altwies set their bonds at $100,000 cash.
The Martinezes were arrested Tuesday evening after Bernalillo County sheriff's deputies say they took their unconscious son into urgent care on Monday. A criminal complaint contends doctors at the main Presbyterian Hospital later reported a urine analysis confirmed methadone was found at toxic levels in the boy's system.
Deputies say both parents admitted to investigators that they are recovering heroin addicts on methadone. They also said they don't usually lock up the methadone.
This isn't the first time the couple has been in this kind of trouble. In court, Pre-Trial Services reported both went before a judge for similar charges in 2011 involving the same boy.
"It's tragic that we do have this where there may be a repeat incident where they haven't taken care of the child and learned their lesson from the last time," Deputy Aaron Williamson said. "Hopefully this time it will sink in, and they will learn."
The 2011 drug case involving the couple and their son was dismissed. The Children, Youth and Families Department will not confirm if they had any prior cases with the Martinezes.
An agency spokesperson could only say they are working on this case. As of 5 p.m. on Wednesday night, deputies say the child's condition has not improved.
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