Summarized by Kent Larsen
Boy Charged in Drugging of 17 at LDS Missionary Luncheon
(Charge filed in tainted cupcake case)
Toledo OH Blade 28Jun00 D2
BOWLING GREEN, OHIO -- Prosecutors in Wood County, Ohio filed charges
yesterday against a 15-year-old boy who drugged 17 LDS missionaries
and Church members at a luncheon put on for the missionaries June
22nd. The boy was charged in Juvenile Court with 'delinquency in
connection with corrupting another with drugs.'
Prosecutors called the incident "a potentially dangerous situation,"
noting that the same charges, if filed in adult court, would be a
second-degree felony. "It was a potentially dangerous situation to
inflict drugs on 17 kids when you don't know if they're taking other
medication that there might be an interaction with or whatever," said
Prosecutor Alan Mayberry. "I think it was a pretty serious thing to
The boy's identity has not been disclosed. But prosecutors say that
the boy confessed to putting either a half or whole Ambien tablet
into 17 cupcakes at the luncheon, hoping to use the situation to get
back at his sister, with whom he had an argument. He wanted his
sister to be blamed for the prank. None of the 17 were seriously ill,
but the symptomsof nausea and light-headedness led them to be taken
to area hospitals. None of the 17 were admitted to the hospitals.
While the boy has no prior criminal record, the charges could put him
in jail until age 21.