Parents charged after child eats drug-laced Sour Patch Kid, police say

Booking photos of Gary Gray Baughman (left) and Nicole Margerette Fetters from the Lane County jail.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Court records say two Oregon parents are charged with child neglect after their 2-year-old went to the hospital because he ate a Xanax-laced Sour Patch Kid.

The Register-Guard reported Wednesday that the parents are in Lane County Jail, facing charges of second-degree child neglect, first-degree criminal mistreatment and endangering the welfare of a minor. Xanax is the commonly marketed name of a human tranquilizer called benzodiazepine.

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Twenty-six-year-old Nicole Margeretta Fetters told police the child was under 30-year-old Gary Gray Baughman’s supervision when he ate the drug-laced candy.

Baughman brought the boy to the hospital after he ate the candy, at which point officers said it appeared Baughman was high.

The child was transferred to a different hospital and his condition or release date was not available Wednesday.

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