10-month-old hospitalized after eating THC gummy bear; police investigating

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ELKHART, Ind. (WNDU) - Police are looking into who is to blame for allowing a baby to get its hands on a gummy bear laced with THC.

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This, after an Elkhart mom brought her baby to the hospital on Friday

Detectives are still working the case, and because a baby is at the center of it, the Department of Child Services is also involved.

Police are now working with that agency to determine whether this was criminal, or simply an accident.

"The mere possession of THC is illegal, but was there a criminal act that happened that led this child to consuming this gummy?" said Sgt. Chris Snyder of the Elkhart Police Department.

Sgt. Snyder says officers were called to the hospital where the 10-month-old child was being treated.

"Through the course of treatment they had found out that the child had ingested THC, or marijuana," said Sgt. Snyder.

This comes just one month after 11 Indiana teens ended up in the hospital after eating THC-laced gummies. That case, out of LaPorte County.

"And having that affect a teenager and, or an adult... very scary. If a small child gets hold of that, that could be potential disaster," said Dr. Tim Durham, pediatrician, The South Bend Clinic.

Dr. Durham is a practicing pediatrician of 29 years.

"Kids have gummies that are candy, right? And because of that popularity, now you've got vitamins for kids that are gummies," said Dr. Durham.

He says children may not know any better.

"This is a 10-month old that could potentially find something and thinks, 'oh here's something I eat all the time, or it's a treat for me,'" said Sgt. Snyder.

Meantime, Elkhart police and DCS are working to learn more about who brought the THC gummies into the house, and why the baby was exposed to them.

"There's neglect there. That child was put in danger. Whether or not it turns out to be something that's criminal is something that we'll have to look into," said Sgt. Snyder.

Police say everyone involved, including the baby's mom, was extremely cooperative.

At this point, no arrests have been made. As this investigation progresses, Sgt. Snyder says police along with DCS will determine the most appropriate course of action. He says in some cases, that could mean providing counseling and other resources to the family.

As far as the baby's current condition, Sgt. Snyder says they have not heard back from the hospital, which he says is good news. The baby was being observed there on Friday. Typically, the hospital will only stay in contact with police on a case if the child's condition worsens.