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3-year-old turns in parents, hands trooper marijuana during traffic stop


NEW SCOTLAND — A 3-year-old girl handed state police a bag of marijuana during a traffic stop Thursday, leading the two adults in the car to be charged with child endangerment, state police said.

The incident happened Thursday afternoon on Route 32 in New Scotland, trooper said. Troopers stopped the vehicle and spotted several butt ends of marijuana cigarettes in the ashtray, troopers said.

As one trooper interviewed the driver outside the car, a second trooper checked on the girl in the back seat. The girl, who was not in a proper safety restraint, reached under the front seat and grabbed a zippered pouch, troopers said.

“She then opened it and held it up so the trooper could see the contents,” state police said.

The pouch contained a bag of marijuana, a metal grinding device and a smoking device, troopers said. The girl gave the pouch to the trooper, who took it as evidence. Troopers did not identify the girl’s relationship to the adults.

State police identified the adults in the car as Scott Hill, 26, the driver, and Megan Karl, 33, both of Clarksville, Albany County. The two face one count each of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. Hill faces unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

Hill was released to probation supervision, while Karl was released without supervision. The girl was turned over to relatives and police notified Albany Child Protective Services of the arrests.

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