March 29, 2008
South Bend, Ind. (The Weekly Vice) -- Dana McNamee, a 21 year old Indiana woman was arrested on drug charges after day care workers discovered a bag of marijuana in her four year old son's pocket.
Day care workers at the Growing Kids Learning Center in South Bend Indiana were attempting to retrieve a toy from the boy's pocket. When the toy was pulled out, a plastic baggy containing what appeared to staff members as marijuana was found.
Staff members then contacted St. Joseph County police, who arrested the child's mother.
Police then searched the child's home, where they recovered 15 ounces of what was also believed to be marijuana. Testing of the recovered substance resulted positive for marijuana.
As a result, the child's mother is facing multiple charges that include possession of marijuana, dealing marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance and child neglect.
Sgt. Bill Redman of the St. Joseph Police Department said, "That's what's sad about this whole case is, you know, a 4 year old doesn't know any better in regards to what's going on as far as drugs are concerned, especially at that young of an age."
Police also arrested Danny McNamee, the child's 34 year old uncle. He was also charged with visiting a common nuisance.
The boy has been temporarily placed with the Indiana Child Protective Services pending a review of the case.
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