GRANTSVILLE — Criminal charges have been filed against three Grantsville relatives after police say a 3-year-old girl became sick when she drank soda mixed with methamphetamine in her home.
The child’s mother, Lucinda Marie Black, 30, and the girl’s aunt and uncle, Ashley Lee Black, 27, and Danie Adam Black, 23, are each charged in Tooele’s 3rd District Court with causing a child to be exposed to a controlled substance, a second-degree felony.
The three are also charged with drug possession, a class A misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor. Ashley and Danie Black were charged Jan. 3; Lucinda was charged on Jan. 5.
On Dec. 30, the 3-year-old girl was taken to the emergency room at Mountain West Medical Center by the child’s grandmother because of “erratic” and “weird” behavior, according to charging documents and Grantsville police. Tests were conducted and doctors determined “the child was high on meth,” police said in a statement.
Officers went to the child’s residence, 175 S. Willow Street, where it was determined that two women and a man “had been partying and mixing meth with soda then placing the mixture into water bottles,” police said. One of the water bottles was allegedly left in an area that was accessible to the child.
“(Ashley) said after a few minutes, Lucinda started freaking out as she was looking for her bottle, because she could not find it,” the charges state.
Lucinda Black also asked Danie Black to put her baggie of meth in his pocket, “so he would take the fall for Lucinda’s child drinking the meth on accident,” according to the charges.
The three were interviewed and a detective wrote that “they all tried to deceive me and blame it on each other,” according to a Tooele County Jail report.
Eventually, police determined that “Ashley gave the meth to Lucinda and that Lucinda put it in a bottle, which she took to her mother’s where the 3-year-old consumed the meth by accident,” the report states.
Danie Black took what meth was left over to the bathroom and consumed it, according to police.
There was no immediate update from police Tuesday on the child’s condition. However, a woman who claimed to be another aunt of the girl posted on Facebook: “Thank the Lord above that she is OK back to her perky self. … But what people dont understand is this drug is pure evil it totally changes a person. … The saddest part is she is an amazing mother off of drugs.”
The trio is scheduled to be back in court on Jan. 23.
Source:: Deseret News – Utah News