ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. – A Kentucky woman is behind bars after drug tests found methamphetamine in the system of three young children, authorities said.
According to the Lexington Herald-Leader and WDRB-TV, Malaynah Root, 27, of Elizabethtown, is facing four counts of endangering a child’s welfare following a monthslong investigation. She was arrested Monday, police said.
Child welfare workers and Elizabethtown police began investigating Root, a mother of four children age 5 and younger, on July 30 after learning that her youngest child, a baby boy, had a bruised forehead, officials said. Investigators then put the four children in protective custody, the news outlets reported.
Investigators said the three older children tested positive for meth, while two of them had THC in their system, according to the Herald-Leader. Police could not perform a drug test on the baby because they weren’t able to get a large enough hair sample, authorities said.
Root remains in the Hardin County Detention Center on a $1,000 bond, the news outlets reported.