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Woman accused of lying after child tests positive for amphetamine

Elizabeth McCollum. (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) Elizabeth McCollum. (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – An Indiana woman was charged with unlawful neglect of a child after a 2-year-old boy tested positive for amphetamines, and authorities discovered that she lied to medical staff and police about what happened, according to reports.

North Myrtle Beach Police met with 23-year-old Elizabeth McCollum at the hospital after she brought a 2-year-old boy there on Friday, the police report states. It was reported that the boy was acting strange and throwing a tantrum, and McCollum was unable to comfort or calm the child down. The child began vomiting, and she took him to the hospital, where blood and urine samples were drawn. The tests revealed the child had amphetamines in his system.

Police met with McCollum, and asked if she, her fiancé, or anyone staying at the incident location had access to any medications containing amphetamines, the report states. McCollum said she didn’t use amphetamines, and had no knowledge of anyone using amphetamines at the incident location. The detective then told McCollum that the Department of Social Services may require a drug test, and if she used amphetamines, they would show up.

McCollum then admitted that she had used Adderall in the last two to three days, a prescription drug that contains amphetamine, the report states. She said she did not have a valid prescription, and obtained it from friends, because she has an eating disorder and takes the drug from time to time. She said she realized her son may have taken Adderall when she saw one of the pills in the bottle had a bite mark on it.

Police consulted with the medical staff, who agreed that the boy was placed in greater risk because McCollum was not truthful with staff about the consumption of the pill, according to the police report.

The arrest warrant was approved on Saturday, July 23, and McCollum was placed under arrest. She was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center on Sunday on a charge of unlawful neglect of a child and was released on a $2,000 bond the same day, according to jail records.

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