A candidate for grandmother of the year? Probably not.
A woman whose granddaughter accidentally drank a cup of tea spiked with methamphetamine in California has reportedly pleaded guilty to child endangerment and possession of a controlled substance.
The first offense is a felony while the second is a misdemeanor.
After entering the plea on Tuesday in Riverside County Superior Court, the grandma was ordered to serve a two-month jail term which includes work release along with a four-year term of probation. A child-abuse treatment program is a condition of the probation, the Press Enterprise reports. The court also ordered the woman, who was visiting from Oregon, to stay away from her grandchildren.
The incident reportedly occurred on Sunday, June 29, and law enforcement officers responded to the home in question at about 10 am the following day as a result of a child endangerment call, according to a press release from the Riverside County Sheriff:
Through the course of the investigation, deputies learned that the child’s grandmother… was staying… with the family. Deputies discovered that [the grandma] had made a cup of tea the night before and placed methamphetamine in the tea to get herself high. At some point the cup of methamphetamine-laced tea was left unattended on a counter, when the two-year-old victim took the cup and drank some of the contents.”
The woman was taken into custody at that time on suspicion of felony child endangerment and possession of methamphetamine.
The toddler’s mother had taken her daughter to the hospital the night before to get checked out because the girl was behaving in a very agitated manner including talking fast, scratching at her skin, and being unable to fall asleep. The child tested positive for meth at the hospital. She was subsequently released from the hospital and fortunately expected to make a complete recovery.
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Watch a local news report on the alleged granny meth case: