I’ve defended a lot of cases where police found drugs in a home and parents get charged with 273a(a) — felony child abuse. Some involve cocaine. The only times I’ve ever seen a positive test in a child is when they get into pot brownies or marijuana-infused candy. Though police “experts” testify this is dangerous for the child, the science does not support that conclusion. Not only have long-standing tests and anecdotal evidence proved this, but consider this: it is common these days for parents to give children with cancer a strain of marijuana called Charlotte’s Web. It has proved effective in both alleviating pain and stopping the spread of some cancers. Marijuana is “neuroprotective.”
Such is NOT the case with coke. These drug-dealing parents are going to need a real good lawyer. We don’t know the parent’s side of the story and everyone is presumed innocent. Still, they’ll need a good lawyer to help with this case. The news report does not make them sound very good.
Suspected Drug Dealers Son, 5, Tested Positive for Cocaine; Couple Arrested
Marco and Sanday Cuevas were arrested and booked for possession for sale of cocaine, conspiracy to sell cocaine and child endangerment. Photo courtesy of Ventura Sheriff’s Department
A Sylmar couple’s 5-year-old son tested positive for cocaine after detectives in Ventura County stopped his parents’ vehicle and found the boy in the back seat area along with a half pound of the drug, authorities said Sunday.
Marco and Sandy Cuevas were arrested Friday in Moorpark by detectives investigating cocaine use and sales in the eastern portion of Ventura County, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.
“The cocaine was being used and sold by teenagers and young adults,” according to a sheriff’s department statement.
My guess is that with this quantity, the parents may have had significant addiction issues and were selling to both support themselves and their habit. A parent who is an addict leaves coke around where a 5 year old can access it in that they are careless and have greater service to the drug than they do to their obligations as a parent. I firmly believe in a model of treatment over incarceration in drug cases.