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Mom, 11-year-old daughter arrested after child shared pot-infused candy with classmates

2019-09-11

This is the wrong way to get a high grade.

Police in Louisiana arrested an 11-year-old girl and her mother this week after the child brought THC-laced gummies to school and knowingly shared them with her classmates, one of whom had to be hospitalized, authorities said.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office said the mother, Alexandra Price, was caught with “a variety” of marijuana edibles and other products when officers searched her home on Tuesday.

A school resource officer in Mandeville, a small city north of New Orleans, contacted detectives earlier that day after a student had a reaction to a candy and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Authorities investigated and learned the chewable contained marijuana and came from Price’s daughter, who has not been identified because of her age. The girl knew what the gummies contained and distributed them to other kids at the middle school, which has also not been named to protect her privacy, according to a news release.

The student was charged with distribution of a controlled substance and was released to a family member.

Her 30-year-old mother, who reportedly admitted to making the products, was charged with cruelty to a juvenile, manufacturing of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and other offenses. Price was being held Wednesday on $150,000 bond.

The incident comes just weeks after another St. Tammany Parish school made headlines for a similar story. Two people in nearby Slidell were arrested in August after police said they intentionally hid cocaine in the clothing of a 5-year-old boy, who then unknowingly brought the drug to kindergarten.

A potentially dangerous situation also happened in Florida last week when nine children were hospitalized after inadvertently eating THC-laced candy at school.