NEW: Child, 2, tests positive for cocaine; man arrested in Riviera


A Riviera Beach man was arrested Wednesday after police a 2-year-old tested positive for drugs, according to city police.

On Oct. 30, the child was brought to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach after a woman was concerned with how the child was acting. After several tests, it was determined the child had ingested cocaine, according to the report.

The woman told Riviera Beach she picked up the 2-year-old from Sean Paul Mitropanopoulos’s home on Singer Island that day and noticed the child seemed lethargic. The child’s relationship to the woman and Mitropanopoulos was redacted from the report.

The woman told police she was worried about Mitropanopoulos using drugs around the child and that on several occasions the child acted strange. At first she thought maybe the 2-year-old’s sleeping times were changed which threw the child off or that maybe Mitropanopoulos gave the child Benadryl to help her sleep.

Mitropanopoulos refused either to speak with detectives or take a drug test. After a judge ordered he had to undergo a drug screen, he tested positive for cocaine and cocaine metabolites, or what the drug becomes when it starts to break down in the system, and benzodiazepine.

Police are unclear if the child came into contact with the cocaine while in the home or if Mitropanopoulos intentionally gave the drug to the child.

Mitropanopoulos faces one count of child neglect. He was released under supervision from the Palm Beach County jail on Thursday. It’s unclear from the report why there was a month between the incident and Mitropanopoulos’s arrest. The Florida Department of Children and Families is investigating the case as well.

Mitropanopoulos does not appear to have any other arrests in Palm Beach County.



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