Chautauqua County Infant Tests Positive For Cocaine, Duo Now Facing Charges

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DUNKIRK – A Chautauqua County infant that tested positive for cocaine in their system has been turned over to a third party, with those tasked with caring for the child now facing charges.

New York State Police lodged charges against 29-year-old Riley Halas and 22-year-old Fay Keech after the baby, tested positive for cocaine at Brooks Memorial Hospital.

Police said he was at the medical facility for an unknown medical issue when the test took place.

Chautauqua County Child Protective Services then requested state police to do a welfare check on a three-year-old also in the duo’s care.

Both Halas and Keech were later arrested during a traffic stop, with police safety locating the toddler.

That’s when police allege Halas physically resisted arrest, but was taken into custody after a brief struggle.

Inside the vehicle troopers allegedly recovered an envelope containing heroin and a pipe containing narcotic residue.

Halas and Keech were processed, issued appearance tickets and released. The infant has since been released from the hospital, and both children were turned over to a third party.


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