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Ohio boy, 7, arrives at school accidentally high on cocaine, reports say

April 20, 2018 GMT

Ohio boy, 7, arrives at school accidentally high on cocaine, reports say

URBANA, Ohio — An Urbana woman is facing charges after police say her 7-year-old son arrived at elementary school high on cocaine, according to reports.

The Urbana Citizen reports the 29-year-old mother is charged with fifth-degree felonies of possession of cocaine, possession of fentanyl and possession of methamphetamine.

On Monday, officials at Urbana North Elementary School called police when the boy kept falling asleep at his desk and would not wake up, WDTN Channel 2 reports.

“The student was drowsy, groggy and they thought there might be a blood sugar question,” Urbana Superintendent Charles Thiel tells WHIO Channel 7.

The boy was taken to Mercy Health-Urbana Hospital and medical workers determined he was under the influence of cocaine, reports say. When the mother arrived, she tested positive for cocaine, methamphetamines, fentanyl and opiates.


According to WDTN, a police report shows the boy was exposed to the drug while in the living room of a home in Springfield, Ohio. Authorities say it’s likely the boy accidentally inhaled the drug.

“It’s a terrible situation for one of our youngest students to have to be in an environment in which the ingestion of an illegal substance occurs,” Thiel tells WHIO.

The mother was being held in jail on a $5,000 bond as of Thursday night, reports say. The child was being helped by Champaign County Children’s Services.

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