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Sent on Mormon-News: 29Jun00

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 do."

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.


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