NYS bill would seek drug testing on toddlers

Posted at 12:26 PM, Jan 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-31 12:26:18-05

The New York State Senate has passed a bill that would require child protective services to investigate and test a child who was in the vicinity of the drug arrest of a parent.

The proposed law is called Kayleigh Mae's Law and is named after Kayleigh Mae Cassell. Police say the 13-month-old from the Albany area died of a drug overdose after her mother and mother's boyfriend were arrested and pleaded guilty to drug crimes.

Senate Bill S137 would allow child protective services to drug test children under the age of three and orders those results and others to be compiled and sent to Governor and legislature.