EDMOND, Okla – Teachers and classmates knew immediately that something wasn’t quite right with a 4-year-old student at Cross Timbers Elementary.
Susan Parks Schelp, a spokesperson for the Edmond Public School District, said, “He seemed very lethargic; he had bloodshot eyes. And we really commend the teachers because not only were they very observant, they were proactive in finding out what was going on with this child.”
An officer, trained in drug recognition, determined the child had been exposed to marijuana.
According to police records, Sandra Martinez, the child’s grandmother, and Peggy Pierman, the boy’s great aunt, admitted to “smoking marijuana in the presence of the 4-year-old while he was getting ready for school.”
Jenny Monroe, the spokesperson for the Edmond Police Department, said, “He spent the night with grandmother because they thought there was going to be bad weather. She lives closer to the school than the mom. Mom thought she was leaving her with grandma to be safe weather-wise.”
Nancy Nolen, a long-time friend and neighbor, was stunned.
She said, “Well, I think it’s kinda stupid to do it at all. I don’t approve of it, drugs in any way. I lost a son to drugs, so to do it around a child is really not too smart.”
Because the alleged crime happened in Logan County, investigators there were also notified.
It’ll be up to them to decide whether or not to pursue child abuse charges in this case.
For now, Martinez and Pierman face charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.