CLEVELAND, Ohio — The mother of a 9-year-old boy was arrested Monday after the boy took weed gummies to school and gave them to 14 classmates, police reports say.
The 27-year-old mother of the boy who brought the gummies to school has not been formally charged in connection with the incident, police said. She was arrested on suspicion of child endangering, police said.
Ten Anton Grdina School students were taken to University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital for treatment after they ate the gummies, police said. They were all between the ages of 5 and 9.
The parents of several other students declined medical treatment for their children.
The 9-year-old boy said his aunt gave him the gummies on Sunday night when his mother threw a party at their apartment, where several people were drinking and smoking, police reports say.
The boy said his aunt gave him, a 5-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy the gummies because “she was not in her right mind,” police reports say.
The boy’s mother saw the three kids with the gummies but did not take them away, police reports say. She told the trio to go to bed.
Later in the night, while the mother was doing the dishes, the kids concocted a plan where the 9-year-old boy went to the kitchen and told his mother he loved her while the 6-year-old boy grabbed the rest of the gummies that were left sitting out on a table, police said.
The two boys put the large bag of gummies in a backpack, took them to school and handed them out to the other students, police reports say.
A teacher cleaning up her room about noon Monday initially threw the baggie in the trash. She picked it back up and saw the gummies were laced with marijuana, according to police reports.
She contacted the school’s principal, who called parents and police.
Several of the students complained of stomachaches after being questions by school officials.
Only the 9-year-old boy tested positive for THC at the hospital, according to police reports.
Officers went to the boy’s apartment and arrested his mother after questioning. The boy’s aunt was also questioned, but had a panic attack and was treated by medics at the scene. She was not arrested, police said.
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