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WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - An uncle of the missing Iowa cousins is recovering in a hospital following an apparent drug overdose.
 
Wylma Cook says her 32-year-old son Jeremiah Cook was in stable condition Friday at Allen Hospital in Waterloo after the overdose Thursday night. She says he's expected to be OK.
 
Wylma Cook says the disappearance of 10-year-old Lyric Cook and 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins has "taken a toll" on Jeremiah, who was having trouble sleeping and eating. She says he has no children but was very close to his nieces, considering them his "prized possessions."
 
The girls vanished after leaving for a bike ride July 13 in Evansdale.
 
Cook says her son hadn't taken methamphetamine, cocaine or marijuana, but she declined to say what caused the overdose. 

In another development, a judge has delayed a drug and domestic abuse trial on charges pending against the father of one of two missing Iowa cousins.

District Judge Andrea Dryer on Friday pushed back the trial date for four criminal cases pending against Daniel Morrissey until Aug. 28.

The cases had been scheduled for trial Tuesday, but the judge told Morrissey she understood why "recent events" made it difficult for him to prepare his defense.

Morrissey is the father of 10-year-old Lyric Cook, who vanished July 13 with her 8-year-old cousin Elizabeth Collins after they left to ride bikes in Evansdale.

Morrissey declined comment as he left the courthouse Friday.