Police called after 3-year-old eats drug-laced gummy bears

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Gina Duwe
December 21, 2015

TOWN OF UNION—Authorities are investigating a case of a 3-year-old boy who apparently ate acid-laced gummy bears Sunday afternoon at a home outside Evansville, according to the Rock County Sheriff's Office.

Cmdr. Troy Knudson said deputies were called at 4:51 p.m. to a mobile home in the park at 6909 N. County M for a report of a child who had ingested a gummy-bear-type candy “that was suspected to be laced with what they described as acid. We interpreted it to mean LSD.”

Deputies made contact with the child and the child's guardians, Knudson said, and from the deputy's untrained eye, it appeared the child was acting normally. The child was taken to St. Mary's Janesville Hospital for testing and observation, he said. He did not have an update Monday on the child's condition.

Knudson said he thought “the gummy-bear-type candy was left in an area that a child could access, and I think the child basically helped himself to the candy not realizing the potential concern.”

He was unsure how much candy the child ate, but it was reported to “not be very much.”

“There was an immediate intervention there that kept the child from eating more,” he said.

He said he could not say how the case was reported.

The case remains open because the candy was sent to a crime lab for testing to determine what was in it, Knudson said. Authorities are awaiting those results, and he said it's “certainly possible” charges could be filed.

Deputies located a marijuana pipe at the location and arrested a person for possession of drug paraphernalia.

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