Detroit Medical Center officials on Friday said it has apologized to the family of a 5-year-old boy after a lab error caused the child to test positive for cocaine, landing his mother in police custody.
The boy was taken to Children’s Hospital by his mother at 5:40 p.m. Tuesday because he was “acting erratically.” The hospital evaluated the boy and administered a drug test, which was then tested in DMC labs, where officials say the error was made.
After receiving positive results, the hospital followed protocol by calling police and social services. The mother was briefly placed in police custody before the error was discovered, officials said.
After learning of the mistake, DMC issued apologies to the family. The boy was discharged in stable condition on Wednesday, officials said.