A Killingly mother faces risk of injury charges after her 3-year-old child ate THC-laced gummy candies, according to state police.
Police said that on May 10 police responded to Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam for a report of two children, ages 3 and 9, who may have ingested gummies containing Cannabidiol (CBD), a substance in cannabis.
According to the arrest warrant, the children’s grandmother called police when she noticed the 3-year-old behaving strangely. The grandmother said there was “something wrong with her eyes” and that the child was walking strangely, as if she was intoxicated.
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The grandmother told police when she confronted her daughter, the children’s mother, she said that the child had eaten a CBD gummy. The mother, identified as 28-year-old Jessica Cusson, did not want to bring the children to the hospital, so the grandmother called police, according to the warrant.
The 3-year-old child was eventually taken to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center for treatment and tested positive for THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.
According to the warrant, the child’s 9-year-old brother told police that his mother, Cusson, sometimes gives him gummy candies to keep him calm. He also said she sometimes gives his sister half a gummy before bed.
When police spoke with Cusson, she initially told them that the toddler must have gotten into her stash of CBD gummies. According to police, CBD gummies are made with industrial hemp and are legal to purchase in Connecticut. However, according to the warrant, Cusson later admitted she also purchased THC-laced gummies, which she stores along with the CBD gummies. The THC-laced gummies are illegal in Connecticut.
The warrant states that when police visited Cusson’s home they discovered that she stored the gummies in a dresser in the living room, where the children could access them.
Cusson was arrested and charged with risk of injury to a minor. The Department of Children and Families was notified of the incident.