Boy, 10, eats marijuana candy left in NY family’s vehicle: police

Posted at 6:09 AM, May 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-15 06:09:40-04

[Editor’s Note, Aug. 30, 2018: The charge against the subject has been dropped. The article below reflects the original report.]

RAMAPO, N.Y. — A 10-year-old who ingested candy infused with THC, or the active ingredient found in marijuana, was hospitalized over the weekend, and now his father faces charges, according to the Ramapo Police Department.

Marijuana-infused gummy candy allegedly ingested by a 10-year-old boy in Ramapo on May 15, 2017, is pictured. (Ramapo Police Department)

The boy was alone in the family vehicle around 5:30 p.m. Sunday when he discovered a package of what appeared to be candy, police said.

“The child saw candy and did what most children would have done, he ate some. The child suffered the effects from the THC in his body,” police said.

The boy is believed to have ingested at least one piece of candy containing 250mg of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the main mind-altering ingredient found in marijuana.

He was hospitalized, treated and released, police said.

The incident was reported to police as a possible overdose, and the boy’s father, Ephraim Zagelbaum, was arrested.

Zagelbaum, 37, of Spring Valley, faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child.

The marijuana candy was taken into evidence for testing and weighing, pending additional possession charges, police said.

The department also reminded people to carefully watch their children, and properly store drugs.

“Marijuana comes in many forms. Just as any other drug, prescribed or not, there are precautions that must be taken to protect others, especially young children,” police said.