A recent Michigan case involves a 24-year-old man whose son and another child reportedly suffered adverse effects after eating candy they picked up off a counter in the man's home. Drug charges have been issued in the aftermath of the incident. The children ate a type of gummy candy that is suspected to have been laced with drugs.
According to reports, the two children became ill and suffered from hallucinations after eating candy found on the counter at the boy's home. His father was arrested following the incident and now faces drug charges, in addition to charges of child abuse and lying to a peace officer. The 7-year-old boy and 9-year-old girl are both said to have tested positive for an ingredient contained in marijuana. It was reported that the girl also had hydrocodone and codeine in her system.
The children were both taken to area hospitals after they exhibited symptoms of vomiting, hallucinations and lethargy. The man and his wife are reported to have taken the boy to the hospital on their own volition. The children told police officers about the candy they had eaten.
The boy's father eventually admitted to authorities that the candy belonged to him. In similar circumstances, a person facing drug charges in Michigan might decide to acquire legal representation to prepare for his or her court proceedings. This would enable a defendant to seek the advice of a legal professional who has experience in criminal law in order to determine which options are available in light of the charges against him or her.
Source: Novi, MI Patch, "Police: Kids Hallucinate on Drug-Laced Gummy Candy; Dad Charged", Beth Dalbey, June 19, 2015