Joshua Tree girl, 7, mistakes meth for candy

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Updated: 1/15/2013 5:18 pm

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a 7-year-old girl in Joshua Tree became critically ill after eating methamphetamine she thought was candy. Her parents are under arrest.

A San Bernardino County sheriff's statement said Tuesday that 32-year-old Johnnie Glenn Koranda and 30-year-old Michelle Lee Beamer were being held on $100,000 bail for investigation of child endangerment.

The investigation began after the girl was taken to High Desert Medical Center with seizures, a severe fever and an elevated heart rate, and her condition was so severe she was flown to Loma Linda University Children's Hospital.

She tested positive for methamphetamine.

A urine test showed the girl, whose name was not released, tested positive for methamphetamine. The statement says her condition is improving.

The couple's other three children have been placed in county custody.


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yroph16718 - 1/20/2013 12:38 AM
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If you want to call these people a mom and dad??? thay are soso sick to leave that kind of drug arown so a little child would get at that crap. I hope thay lose there childen for ever.

kdavis52 - 1/18/2013 11:41 AM
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I meant to say. "Exposed at such an early age." Me bad with spelling, oops.

kdavis52 - 1/18/2013 11:39 AM
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Meth in the house with children. What are these parents trying to teach these kids? They should be locked up and have the key thrown away. Children for crying out loud. Exposed as such an early age. Outrageous.

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