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Day Care Owner Arrested
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By Major Shawn Kimmitz
April 15, 2022

On March 2nd Deputy A.J. Deasy responded to Stafford Hospital Center for several toddlers with exposure to THC. Three children, all one year of age, were taken for treatment in the emergency room after their parents observed lethargic and uncoordinated behavior as well as glassy, bloodshot eyes.

Hospital staff quickly recognized the symptoms and testing confirmed each child had been exposed to THC. THC is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis that produces the high sensation. The connection between the three families was a licensed home day care provider in Windsor Forest subdivision.

Detective A. Sanchez conducted a search at the day care and collected gold fish crackers around the high chairs of the toddlers. These crackers were sent to the lab for testing and confirmed the presence of THC.

Child Protective Services was notified and became involved in the case. The day care subsequently voluntarily surrendered their license. As a result of the investigation, Rebecca Swanner, 60, the day care owner, has been charged with 3 counts of cruelty and injury to children. She self-surrendered on April 14th and was released by the magistrate on a $2,000 unsecured bond.


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