A toddler treated with Narcan for apparent narcotic overdose symptoms has been placed with his maternal and paternal grandparents while police and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services investigate, officials said.
DCFS is investigating the mother and father for allegations of neglect, according to DCFS spokeswoman Veronica Resa. The department had no prior contact with this family, she said.
The South Elgin and Countryside Fire Protection District along with the South Elgin Police Department responded to the 1000 block of North South Elgin Boulevard at 12:10 a.m. April 10 for the report of a 2 1/2-year-old child who was turning blue and had difficulty breathing, according to a news release from the South Elgin Police Department.
Paramedics administered Narcan to the toddler on the scene, police said. He was taken to Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin for treatment and later transferred to the pediatric intensive care unit at St. Alexius Hospital in Hoffman Estates, police said.
DCFS took protective custody of the child, placing him with the grandparents, police said.
South Elgin police recovered items from the scene and are working with the Kane County state’s attorney’s office on the investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the South Elgin Police Department at 847-741-2151.
Janelle Walker is a freelance reporter for the Courier-News.