Mom’s Homemade Gummies Puts Five Children In Hospital
Children at the Edgerton Elementary School in Clio became very ill on April 29, prompting a school evacuation, with students being sent home as a safety precaution. An investigation ruled out exposure to carbon monoxide and other gases as being the cause of the children’s illness, according to Genessee County Sheriff Chris Swanson.
The child’s mother had purchased concentrated Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) oil, which she added to gummies she’d made using gelatin, the sheriff indicated. The mother put the laced gummies in a Life Savers wrapper and placed them in her refrigerator.
The child found the gummies, took them to school, and shared them with classmates, resulting in five children falling ill and later being taken to the hospital. Each edible was reported to have contained up to 30 milligrams of THC oil.
In a video posted to the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page, Swanson said the children became “unconscious, short of breath and lethargic” after consuming the edibles.
The child’s mother has been charged with second-degree child abuse in connection to the incident.
If convicted the mother could face up to 10 years in prison. Child Protective Services (CPS) will be referred to the woman’s home in light of the case.
The mother was set to be arraigned Wednesday.