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Police charge woman after toddler consumes marijuana brownie

FORT KENT, Maine — Police charged an Eagle Lake woman with endangering the welfare of a child after a 3-year-old boy allegedly consumed a marijuana brownie that belonged to her.

Officers with the Fort Kent Police Department charged Melissa Morneault, 33, after the child consumed an unknown quantity of the marijuana edible, according to Police Chief Tom Pelletier. Morneault, who is not the mother of the child, did not directly serve the brownie to the boy, but the brownie was not labeled as containing marijuana, the chief said.

One of the child’s parents transported the 3-year-old to Northern Maine Medical Center when he became lethargic and unresponsive. Medical professionals there evaluated the boy and transferred him to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor on a LifeFlight helicopter.

The toddler has since recovered from the incident, according to Pelletier.

He did not want to reveal any more details about the case to protect the child’s family, but the police chief said he would like to make the public aware of the dangers of marijuana infused edibles falling into the hands of a child.

“Although it is now legal for adults to consume marijuana, it can be very dangerous to young children,” he said.

Morneault will appear Monday, Feb. 4, at Fort Kent District Court.

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