4-year-old tests positive for meth; Halloween candy suspected - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4-year-old boy tests positive for meth; Halloween candy suspected

By Ann Wyatt Little - bio | email

Lubbock, TX (KCBD) -  Levelland police are waiting on lab tests to confirm whether or not Halloween candy given to a four year old was laced with drugs. This investigation is somewhat of a Halloween nightmare for police who are working to figure out how methamphetamines made it into the body of a four year old.

"We were so scared because we didn't know what happened," said Jaime Chavez about what happened to his son.

The four year old was not himself Friday afternoon. Non-responsive and seizing, Levelland police say Jaime's mom rushed her son to the hospital. The Chavez family had no reason to believe their son was high.

"The test came back to show he had meth in his system," said Police Chief Toney Cowan about the investigation.

When Sgt. Ricky Galindo got to the hospital, he didn't expect to learn the four year old was high. "The family is upset. I would be too as a grandparent," said Sgt. Galindo.      

At the hospital, Sgt. Galindo learned from Jaime's mom that maybe the meth could have come from candy his sister got during a Halloween festival at school. He immediately contacted Levelland ISD administrators. Jaime's sister did not get sick.

"We notified the school district the possibility some of the candy had meth in it," explained Chief Cowan who said the district was very concerned.

The school district asked parents to bring their kids candy back. Officers went to pick up the candy first thing Monday morning.

The sweet treats parents sent to school are now evidence, waiting to be tested for traces of meth.

"It concerns us. What are we dealing with? One piece or the entire bag?" said the chief who is testing it all to be safe. "We are not 100 percent sure of the parent who sent the candy but we have a pretty good idea."

On his watch, Chief Cowan says he has never dealt with the possibility of drug laced Halloween candy but is determined to find the person who gave the four year old meth.

The department says it could have been worse. There are no reports of any other children testing positive for meth and Jaime is the only incident. Investigators will not know for sure whether or not the candy was laced with drugs until test results come back.

"He's doing real good right now," said Chavez about his son. Jaime went back to the doctor on Monday and got the thumbs up from physicians.

Police don't have any reason to believe, based on their investigation, that the four year old had any access to meth in his home.

The candy will be tested at DPS crime lab in Lubbock.

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