(SACRAMENTO BEE) In April 2012, five months before Ryder Salmen was killed by a drug overdose – the result of breast-feeding by his drug-abusing mother, police say – he was the subject of a report to Sacramento County Child Protective Services.
Then 4 months old, Ryder was brought to a hospital because he was lethargic. A drug testfound methadone in his system, the same drug that caused him to show withdrawal symptomswhen he was born, according to documents in his CPS case file, which was obtained by The Bee through a Public Records Act request.
Court documents say that Stephens was warned to stop breast-feeding Ryder. After receiving the April report, a CPS social worker determined that Ryder was at risk because he was a "drug-exposed infant."
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