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Posted at 4:40 PM ET, 10/ 8/2010

Mom arrested after toddler eats marijuana

By Washington Post editors

A mother and her roommate have been charged with reckless endangerment of a child after her 2-year-old daughter ate marijuana she found in a motel room.

Twenty-two-year old Nicole S. Corbett and 25-year-old Fernando V. Booker, both of Manassas, were also charged with marijuana possession.

Prince William Police spokesman Jonathan Perok said the mother called 911 Thursday morning to report a possible overdose at a Red Roof Inn near Manassas after the toddler ingested an unknown amount of marijuana. Perok said the girl did not need to be hospitalized and is now in the custody of child protective services.

Corbett and Booker are being held without bond at the county jail.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | October 8, 2010; 4:40 PM ET
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Not to belittle the fact that this was wholly irresponsible parenting, but FYI - maybe to put some reader's mind at ease - the child could not have gotten high from eating raw marijuana. It has to be cooked for the THC to work.

Posted by: nan_lynn | October 8, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse


Not that I don't believe you, but I don't believe you.

I think another matter is can you really overdose on pot? What would the symptoms be?

Posted by: BigBubba1 | October 9, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

>>Not to belittle the fact that this was wholly irresponsible parenting, but FYI - maybe to put some reader's mind at ease - the child could not have gotten high from eating raw marijuana. It has to be cooked for the THC to work.
nor could the child have overdosed. the worst outcome of this is the child will probably be taken from her mother.

Posted by: slydell | October 9, 2010 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Nan_lynn is correct.

Posted by: edwardbear76 | October 9, 2010 12:26 AM | Report abuse

I had to research whether you can get high off of eating marijuanua - It is interesting.

Seems like you can, but not nearly as well as smoking it. Keep in mind this is a 2-year old were talking about here.

Posted by: BigBubba1 | October 9, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

So, the kid ate something that was so harmless it ultimately didn't even require medical care, the mom did the right thing by calling for help anyway, and our fine "justice" system decides that the right outcome is to ... break up the family, give the kid to strangers, and put the parents in a cage.

Our technology may be advanced, but our mores are still disturbingly medieval.

Posted by: vfr2dca | October 9, 2010 12:46 AM | Report abuse

Cannabis needs to be decarboxylized. That is accomplished by cooking it

IMO the kid should be taken from the parents because they were clueless about the lack of danger to the toddler.

Did everybody know that mama's milk is just lousy with endocannabinoids the first couple of days following birth? The current working theory is it encourages the infant to learn how to nurse.

The first thing god does for you when you join the world is to charge you up with cannabinoids. Go figure that one out.

Don't believe me?

Posted by: bpayne2 | October 9, 2010 2:47 AM | Report abuse

I also meant to say there are other ways of decarboxlization. So cooking does work but it isn't required

Posted by: bpayne2 | October 9, 2010 2:59 AM | Report abuse

Taking the child away from this criminal mother would be a good thing. This wench is responsible for the international drug trade and all of its associated violence, including the murders and corruption along the US-Mexico border. Execute her and grind her body for grease and her bones for fertilizer. We don't need useless potheads so just get rid of them all.

Posted by: fudador | October 9, 2010 4:36 AM | Report abuse

It is actually the reverse of reckless endangerment. Pot isn't all that dangerous a drug compared to things like alcohol and heroin. But the parents were so concerned that they called for help.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 9, 2010 5:33 AM | Report abuse

Saw mug shots on another site. Mom and dad look ugly AND stupid. I feel sorry for the kid.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | October 9, 2010 6:23 AM | Report abuse

Just look at this ugly couple here: I say execute them as enablers of international violence and spread their ashes on our fields of corn. It would be the first positive thing they do for their country.

Posted by: fudador | October 9, 2010 6:58 AM | Report abuse

Imagine wasting weed like that ... seriously, it looks like the parents did the right thing afterwards and did not deserve to have the kid removed. If parents smoking weed is a removal offense, then we are going to have half of some schools in foster care. Perhaps it is time for the authorities to either start or stop smoking, the opposite of whatever they are doing now.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | October 9, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

A child will put everything in his/her mouth and eat a lot of things that would turn our stomachs. I knew a mother whose child somehow got into the room with a cat litter box. Guess what the child was happily eating. (This is why my cat boxes were always kept in a room with a cat door into it and a door I could lock - thanks to this experience). Ask any pediatric ER Dr what they have found that children have eaten. My Mom was a pedi nurse when I was a child... If a child can get it and eat it, the child will try it. This is part of why poisons are made to taste so bad. If it tastes bad things are less likely to be eaten. This is why many prey animals and plants evolved with yucky smells and tastes.

But since a couple stoners would not care about this...

A child can die from a THC overdose from eating pot. Smoking it is different from eating it. It also takes a lot less of a substance to poison a child than an adult. (Obviously). THC is stored in fat in the body and is metabolized differently than say water soluble things. You can have reactions up to two days after smoking (why I worry about people smoking pot and driving after for two days - you can still be impaired to some degree but that is another discussion). When you smoke pot, you are getting a different dosage of it which is why is it HARD to OD by smoking it - but you CAN OD by eating it. A Rugby player in the UK did - ate a "space cake" which is made with pot. Different way of ingesting and he OD'd.

Also, the amount of THC varies plant to plant, what part of the plant is used and growing conditions.

Animals poisoned from pot are poisoned through ingestion (they are not smoking it). Can it be fatal - yes if enough is eaten. Most often not enough IS eaten but it can happen. The ASPCA poison control has handled over 250 calls for dogs that ate pot and two were fatal.

Here is the materials data sheet for THC tml

(Dang I am such a nerd...)

It is moderately toxic by ingestion. If that toxic limit is surpassed, then it can suppress respiration and the nervous system, respiration and cardiovascular. So yes, seeing as the amount that would be needed to kill a child is less, and THC can kill (though a 160 lb man would have to smoke 900 joints at a sitting) if pot is eaten because it is a different delivery system than intended... Yes, I can see a child being poisoned.

There has not been an LD established yet for dogs. (Lethal Dose - where 50% of studied animals died).

Now the effects of pot can last up to two days because it is stored in fat as opposed to water soluble.

So what do this Bill Nye moment teach you???

(Besides that I am a nerd)...

Yup, do not let your kids or pets near your stash!!!

Posted by: Homemom | October 9, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

wow fudador, you have alot of hate in you.

The mom appears to be no worse than any other mom. She didn't give the kid the pot but as kids do, they put everything in their mouths. Some kids end up in hospitals or doctor's office for eating money, ball, or anything that they can get into their mouths. Mom didn't want the kid to eat her pot, I'm sure. It was probably for herself. So when she found out, she was concerned not for herself, but for her child. And for that you say her body should be ground up and tossed in a corn field.

That's alotta hate. You should find out where that's coming from and get it resolved. I wish the best for you. Good luck.

Posted by: bentoenail | October 9, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

So wait a minute....which choice is better your child die from injesting pot or calling 911? She may have made a bad life choice by choosing to get high on occassion (of course, we don't have the whole story could have belonged to the roommate and she never touched the stuff, so here we are trying her in the court of public opinion). But obviously, she cared far more about her child than the consequences for herself. So I say, cut the mom some slack and provide social services so that she and her child aren't forced to live with pot heads........

Posted by: changingfaces | October 9, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

"The mom appears to be no worse than any other mom."


Are you serious?!?! I cringe to think what your definition of a mom is. Taking you kid to a motel to get high is pretty bad parenting. I'm sitting here in a hospital room in Baltimore with my 5 year old son who has meningitis - due to no fault of his or us - and I read about this loser of a mom endangering her child. Does anyone else see the horrible parenting going here??

I do agree with you that fudador is extreme.

Posted by: bandman227 | October 9, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

homemom, a dog can also die from ingesting chocolate. Eating onions can cause cats to become dangerously anemic.

Your data may be correct, but they really don't correlate to humans of any age.

Posted by: carlaclaws | October 9, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

If the mother was careless with marijuana, it makes one wonder what other substances (including perfectly legal cleaning products) she has been careless with and that the child may have had access to.

Posted by: DecafDrinker | October 9, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

>>Taking the child away from this criminal mother would be a good thing. This wench is responsible for the international drug trade and all of its associated violence, including the murders and corruption along the US-Mexico border. Execute her and grind her body for grease and her bones for fertilizer. We don't need useless potheads so just get rid of them all.
I guarantee this guy calls himself a Christian (aka the religion of hypocrisy)

Posted by: slydell | October 9, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

To the people who think the cops "overreacted": are you SERIOUS? Do you really think they should have patted Mama and whoever he is on the head and driven away?

Posted by: maryrwise | October 9, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Did the mother admit it was her pot or did the child find the pot under the bed or someplace where the maid did not reach and it was actually left there by someone else. The reason I ask is this happened to me many years ago where my family went up to CT for a funeral and my toddler daughter found part of all of a joint under the bed and ate some of it. I didn't smoke pot, my ex didn't smoke pot. It was definitely left in the room by someone else. I took her to the hospital to have her checked out because I didn't know for sure whether it was pot or something stronger such as PCP or something like that and wanted to be sure. They said she was fine and I found myself wondering what would have happened if they chose not to believe that the pot was already in the room.

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | October 9, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Calling people ugly on a public comment board does little to help anything.

Posted by: kls1 | October 9, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I love how people are turning this minor story into a treatise on the merits of weed. I don't smoke weed and really don't care if others choose to do so, but to say that weed is never addictive and has no negative impact on health is ridiculous. Research shows that heavy users of weed can experience dependence/withdrawal. Also, smoking filterless joints enables carcinogens and other unpleasant byproducts to enter your system. Is this any worse than alcohol or cigarette smoking? Maybe not, but none of these products provide a sensible way to dealing with life's stresses. I'd no sooner want my kids to be a stoner than an alcoholic. Both inevitably create problems for users and those around them - not to mention the hapless 2 year old who may get a hold of the stuff.

Posted by: lipschitzantwon | October 9, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

>>but to say that weed is never addictive and has no negative impact on health is ridiculous.

the criminality and penalties associated with marijuana are far more severe and cause far more severe consequences than marijuana ever will. Alcohol prohibition worked pretty well, too, huh? And surely we are taking away kids from parents who leave alcohol out and then putting them in social services? No, those kids just kill themselves drunk driving, thats all.

Thank God for progressive California where marijuana is going to be made legal in less than a month, as it should be.

Posted by: slydell | October 9, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

The real reason that the cops arrested Mom is that she didn't have enough dope for everybody.

Posted by: angelos_peter | October 9, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Funny how it's currently popular to rail against Government power. Yet some of those same 'patriots' immediately defend the power of the Government to step seize a child. Even if the child had faced real harm (which was not the case) the rule of thumb is that the State makes a poor parent. This is not a defense of Marijuana but rather a criticism of the brainless willingness of the public to buy into whatever the Government does in the name of drug prohibition. Sheep.

Posted by: HeavyD1 | October 9, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

>>But since a couple stoners would not care about this...

A child can die from a THC overdose from eating pot.

Not one person has ever died from a marijuana overdose. You are spewing hypothetical as fact. Please save your fear mongering for alcohol and other similarly hard drugs. (yes, alcohol is a drug -- Jack Daniels and Anheuser Busch certainly aren't going to advertise the fact).

Posted by: slydell | October 9, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

You CANNOT GET HIGH ingesting raw marijuana as the marijuana and its THC will pass through our digestive system.
The THC must be extracted so that the body can absorb it. The 2 popular ways are using Alcohol or Oil.
For instance, brownies are made by boiling raw marijuana with a few sticks of butter and water for an hour. You then let it cool and throw away the marijuana and water but keep the butter as the FAT in the butter has absorbed the THC.
THEN you can add the THC/BUTTER to your recipe and now the body can absorb the THC when it absorbs the FAT.
Thats Science not Crazy Anti-drug Hysteria. Adults use facts.

Posted by: RememberIraq | October 9, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

A child can die from a THC overdose from eating pot

Your crock runneth over - pot is not a hard drug like your "Jesus Approved" alcohol or nictotine nor is it as dangerous as Limbaugh's Oxycotins.

Posted by: areyousaying | October 9, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

The kid wasn't even hospitalized. That's because you CANNOT overdose on marijuana. The kid would probably just go to sleep and wake up hungry.

Posted by: gce1356 | October 9, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

The bottom line is, possessing marijuana is illegal. The girl's mom and her boyfriend belong in jail because they broke the law. That woman is not a fit mother. She was teaching her daughter by example to be a lawbreaker.

Posted by: dergans76 | October 9, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Dergans76 is correct. Marijuana possession is illegal and everyone who breaks the law should be in jail and have their kids taken from them.

Every person who ever engaged in an act of civil disobedience also needs to have their kids taken away. Same with speeders and jaywalkers. The law is the law.

Posted by: bigbrother1 | October 9, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

This is a modern twist on the old "dog at my homework" thing. Now it's the kid ate my stash.

Posted by: slim2 | October 9, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

A little pot never hurt anyone, my son used to eat the charcoal after we had a BBQ, I told the doctor and he said Let him eat it, it has lots of iron. Stop being so dramatic because a kid ate a little weed, it is a plant, maybe there are some vitamins in it.

Posted by: highwaybluesoccer | October 9, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

The police most likely did not take the child away indefinitely. She will be investigated if all seems OK she will just get probation and parenting classes. You see if you are involved in something they must do there job protect and serve. If they just let it go and next week the child ate a bag of crack and died the parents could sue the police for not protecting the child from them. When they were just sick you know addicted and it would not be there fault. Once the courts are aware they must follow through it becomes there responsibility (legally) they can not just let it slide. Just as if they let you drive away drunk once they find you over the limit the are liable. See smoking that stuff takes away rational thinking it shows in what I have read here.

Posted by: heyUwakeup | October 9, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

---"A child can die from a THC overdose from eating pot."---

This is either a bald faced lie or an expression of someone who has no clue about the facts. It is fantasy spun from whole cloth either way.

There has never been a fatal overdose from cannabis or any of its concentrated extracts in the recorded history of the human race.

How about sticking to facts, instead of fabricating bald faced lies to enhance your hysterical rhetoric? Do you have such little respect for the truth that you would make such a clearly false statement?

There's a more realistic chance of a baby dying from getting into the liquor cabinet. There have been cases of babies dying from nicotine overdoses from eating a cigarette. Yet the clown faced idiots that believe nonsense like the pure drivel I've quoted above wouldn't even think of taking a baby away because there was booze or cigarettes in the house.

Go find me a human overdose fatality from cannabinoids. I won't be holding my breath waiting as you will not be able to find one. Heck, how about finding a scientist who's been able to kill a lab animal by feeding it an overdose of cannabinoids? No, sorry, it just doesn't happen. Scientists can tell you how much water it takes to reach a fatal overdose (yes, H2O can cause a fatal overdose). Scientists can tell you how many raw potatoes it will take to kill a man from overdose (Yes, potatoes can cause a fatal overdose). Yet for some reason they've never been able to establish an LD-50 for cannabinoids.

So what was the treatment that the doctors prescribed the baby? Set the baby in a darkened room on a comfy bed and wait until the cannabinoids have been metabolized. Then forget about it because it was a medical non-event.

Lies, fantasies and hysterical rhetoric have no business being used to make public policy or even considered.. It is time to stop telling these bald faced lies. Just stop it. Why is it you people are OK with telling bald faced lies?

Posted by: bpayne2 | October 10, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Above we have a poster pushing the bald faced lie that cannabinoids killed two animals. He links to an article from the ASPCA that he claims validates his bald faced lie. What the article actually does say if you read it is: "Out of more than 250 cases of accidental marijuana ingestion reported to the ASPCA APCC, two deaths were reported. In one cat, exposure to multiple agents was possible, and the results of a gross necropsy revealed that the animal probably died of complications of cardiomyopathy.
The second death reported was a horse
with signs attributed to colic, but a gross necropsy was not done. The prognosis is favorable for symptomatic animals with no secondary complications, such as aspiration pneumonia."

It's amazing that those with no respect for the truth will denigrate others which they disapprove. But it is a great example of half truths and devices intended to cause people to infer the conclusion that the liars want them to believe.

I must admit that I'm a bit curious to find out how a horse got into the cannabis stash.

Posted by: bpayne2 | October 10, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Just one more little factoid for the hysterical people who think that this was a significant event except for the stupidity of the authorities in their overreaction. I was on a road trip in 1987, and got myself a motel room to stay overnight. Underneath the Gideon's Bible I found about 3 or 4 grams of cannabis wrapped in foil. No, I didn't end up in the hospital but I did suffer an extreme case of the munchies, and IIRC had fits of uncontrollable laughter as a result.

Posted by: bpayne2 | October 10, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

The kid ate his veggies!


Posted by: whatyoutalkinboutman | October 10, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

i kno them both they are good people and im sad for them that the public are saying such horrible things the man is the father not some random guy either FYI

Posted by: nonya12 | October 15, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

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