Italian baby tests positive for cocaine

The parents of a six-month-old child in Padua, northern Italy, are being investigated by police after their baby tested positive for cocaine.

Italian baby tests positive for cocaine
Doctors discovered traces of cocaine in the baby's blood. Cocaine photo: Shutterstock

The parents, who are both recovering drug addicts, took their child to hospital with a fever and red eyes on October 16th, Il Corriere di Veneto reported.

At first doctors were unable to tell what was wrong with the child. It was only when the blood test came back that they discovered the baby had, in fact, ingested cocaine.

The parents now face charges of abuse, and their child has been taken into a secure facility for the duration of the investigation by order of Venice’s Juvenile Court.

Police found no traces of the drug when they searched the couple’s home on October 27th.

According to Corriere, it is possible that the parents did not wash their hands after using cocaine before touching the child. The mother claims that she never took drugs while pregnant.

This isn’t the first time a child has been admitted to hospital with a cocaine overdose in Italy.

In April, a mother of three in Sicily was jailed after her toddler son was admitted to hospital with bruises, scratches, burns and a cocaine overdose.

In France earlier this month, a ten-month-old baby was rushed to hospital after ingesting a lump of cannabis belonging to her father.

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New York returns millions worth of stolen art to Italy

Prosecutors in New York on Tuesday returned dozens of antiquities stolen from Italy and valued at around $19 million, some of which were found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

New York returns millions worth of stolen art to Italy

“These 58 pieces represent thousands of years of rich history, yet traffickers throughout Italy utilized looters to steal these items and to line their own pockets,” said Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, noting that it was the third such repatriation in nine months.

“For far too long, they have sat in museums, homes, and galleries that had no rightful claim to their ownership,” he said at a ceremony attended by Italian diplomats and law enforcement officials.

The stolen items had been sold to Michael Steinhardt, one of the world’s leading collectors of ancient art, the DA’s office said, adding that he had been slapped with a “first-of-its-kind lifetime ban on acquiring antiquities.”


Among the recovered treasures, which in some cases were sold to “unwitting collectors and museums,” were a marble head of the Greek goddess Athena from 200 B.C.E. and a drinking cup dating back to 470 B.C.E, officials said.

The pieces were stolen at the behest of four men who “all led highly lucrative criminal enterprises – often in competition with one another – where they would use local looters to raid archaeological sites throughout Italy, many of which were insufficiently guarded,” the DA’s office said.

One of them, Pasquale Camera, was “a regional crime boss who organized thefts from museums and churches as early as the 1960s. He then began purchasing stolen artifacts from local looters and sold them to antiquities dealers,” it added.

It said that this year alone, the DA’s office has “returned nearly 300 antiquities valued at over $66 million to 12 countries.”